Life in the Pasture
Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 93-95
Key verses: Psalm 95:6-7
As a pastor I have always loved these verses from Psalm 95:
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.”
In our fast-paced, “act now or you’ll lose your chance” world, it may be difficult – or even un-appealing to think about being part of a “flock”. Many of us are much more comfortable picturing ourselves out there, “ahead of the pack”, taking decisive action; meeting our goals. And even those of us who take life slower and easier – well, we still like our independence.
But God calls us to gather with the fellow members of his flock, peacefully; quietly resting under His watchful care. Remember another Psalm? The one we most often hear at funerals?
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want….”
It’s the still waters He calls us to enjoy. And, when we walk through “dark valleys” He wants to be with us.
Does it mean we can’t be productive or goal-oriented? Does it mean we can’t enjoy using our brains; our talents to achieve? I don’t think so. There are plenty of scriptures about the dangers of laziness. That’s what the deadly sin of sloth is all about.
But I do think that God gave a shepherd king named David a wonderful vision of what life can be like under the Good Shepherd’s watchful eye. And when that king penned words about being a joyful member of the flock – it was a wonderful gift indeed.
So, no matter how busy you are, no matter what you want to accomplish on any given day – remember to spend some time happily munching the green grass in God’s pasture.
You, and He, will be glad you did.
Prayer: Father, thank you for your watchful, loving, guiding care. AMEN.