Sheep in His Pasture (Jeremiah 38-40; Psalm 74, 79)

But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
    will give thanks to you forever;
    from generation to generation we will recount your praise. Psalm 79:13

Please take a moment and reread our Scripture for the day. Take a close look at the verse I have copied above. When I read this final verse from Psalm 79, joy and peace filled my heart. My mind raced to Psalm 23 where David wrote, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,” (23:1).

I want to place three things before your mind and heart today:

  1. Jesus is the protector of those who are in His pasture.

The prophet Jeremiah experienced this in all his faith travels. We see him in chapter 38:6 being lowered into a cistern because of the hate of his enemies. We see him sinking down in the mud. This was his pasture, but God was with him. Soon we see him in the same chapter being lifted from the cistern (38:13). The same God was with him.

2. Jesus is the pace-setter for those who are in His pasture.

In God’s own time He will deliver His people from the constant warfare in this world. Jeremiah in chapter 40 was given complete freedom (40:6) to travel where he wanted to travel. I am glad to report that he stayed with God’s people caring for them.

I see Jeremiah dwelling in the pasture God placed him in. Brothers and sisters God is leading you by the still waters and He will bring you to rest in green pastures. Yes there are days when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but God is with you.

3. Jesus is worthy of praise from those who are in His pasture.

Earlier in Psalm 79 the Psalmist wrote the following:

Help us, O God of our salvation,
    for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and atone for our sins,
    for your name’s sake!

There was a day when I was not in God’s pasture, I lived in sin apart from Him. But He came to where I was and called me to His pasture. I said to Him, “I can’t go in there. I am a sinner.” The shepherd responded: “I have already atoned for your sin. All you have to do is believe in Me.” On that day, all those years ago, I believed on the Lord Jesus and I am still believing on the Lord Jesus today.

He is worthy of all praise. He laid down His life for each of us (John 10:11). I am so glad I am a sheep in His pasture. It is my prayer that if you are not a sheep in His pasture, that you will become one today.

2 questions:

  1. Are you weary and troubled today? Rest in His pasture.
  2. Are you trying to atone for the past? Carry it all to the Shepherd of our souls, Rom. 3:21-25.

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