Saturday, April 2, 2016

In the Shepherd's Arms

Psalm 100:3 says, "Now 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." (ESV)
I started off my morning time in prayer by reading Psalm 100. I wanted to make sure I started the day with praise and thanksgiving to God and all that He is doing in my life. I'm guilty of starting prayer with a "Lord please" or a "Lord why?" instead of placing Him first. Psalm 100 was an excellent reminder of all that God has done, is doing and will do in the life of His followers.

Verse 3 stood out to me this morning because during prayer time I often hold my elderly dog, Buster. He's a Pomeranian and he's around 14 years old. He's all black with "old man" grey pushing through. He's missing one eye, and the eye he does have is losing its vision. 

Each morning when I pull up a chair to pray, Buster panics because he can't find me. He needs to know I'm with him. He needs to feel my presence. So, more often than not, I pick him up and cradle him in my arms while I pray. 

As I read "we are his (God's) people, and the sheep of his pasture," I looked down at Buster and realized that my Shepherd cradles me in His arms in a similar way. Many times I need to know my Lord is with me and I need to feel His presence. That's when He reaches down through His Word or through a friend and gives me a hug and tell me "He's in charge and He will see me through." 

He will do the same for you, if you ask Him to.