Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.Psalm 100:3, ESV
When you look around you, what do you see?
Do you see your house? Your yard? Your possessions? Your workplace? Your family?
If that is truly how we see things, then perhaps it is time for God to recalibrate our hearts and our minds.
I have heard it said that Jesus came and ushered in the upside-down Kingdom, but that is not true. Jesus came and revealed to us the right-side-up Kingdom, because so many of us are living in the upside-down kingdom.
The writer of Psalm 100 recognized the right-side-up Kingdom. He looked out and saw things very differently from how we tend to see things.
The writer of Psalm 100 looked out and saw God’s house. God’s yard. God’s possessions. God’s workplace. God’s family.
Know that the LORD, he is God! He is not an extra. He is everything! Here in the third verse of Psalm 100 we encounter an invitation to know the LORD. This is not just an invitation to know about the LORD, but to truly know the LORD. We are invited to walk with Him, to talk with Him, to experience life with Him.
It is he who made us, and we are his. We were made by God! And by the way, God doesn’t make mistakes. We are his masterpiece! We belong to him!
God created us for a relationship with Him. Think about it… He simply spoke and made the stars, and He separated the land from the water by His words. He spoke and suddenly there appeared living creatures in the air, in the land, and in the water. But with man, He didn’t just speak. He got His own heavenly hands dirty, forming the man out of the dust of the earth, and breathing the breath of life into the man’s nostrils.
Not only did He get muddy in forming the man, but He got bloody in forming the woman. He reached His own hand into the side of Adam and pulled out a rib to fashion Eve.
This is significant. We are His. He made us.
As the Psalmist says, we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
When we look out and see God’s house, God’s yard, God’s possessions, God’s workplace, God’s family, etc. then we can rest and delight in the fact that he allows his sheep to live and breathe and move and play in his pasture! And we are not left on our own! God Himself is shepherding us, keeping us safe, providing for our every need.
God is a good shepherd! With a good shepherd in place, good and obedient sheep will always be the happiest, most joyful sheep.
Today I am thankful for a God who created me, who calls me his own, who shepherds me, and who allows me to rest and delight in his pasture!
If you are thankful for a good shepherd, as I am today, why don’t you take a moment to just speak that out to Him in response to His unending goodness towards you now and always.