"Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture." Psalm 100:3.
I love the deep things of the Bible, and I love digging down into it to get the "meat" of the word; but sometimes the basics just shout into my heart.
It is as if this verse is saying, know and understand this truth more completely, and make these truths the foundation and core of who you are.
I have a Creator.
He made me, so who I am, what I look like, my talents, gifts, all there is of me, was given by God. I need to remember this is all a gift from the Lord. I might say, "I wish I wasn't like this or that," but instead I should be thankful. If I have a weakness or a flaw, I need to find out God's divine purpose for it. Maybe, like Paul the Apostle, I will find God's grace through some "Thorn in the flesh." God's plan for me is perfect. We are so often caught up in the outside looks and all the external but God is working on the internal and eternal. God has a purpose in my life.
I have an identity.
I am His. Because of this verse I know who and what I am. I do not need to go on some quest to find myself; instead life is an expression of being, "found in Jesus." I belong; this is better than a club, or family, society, gang, or any group. I am His.
I have a purpose.
God did not make us to be alone. Not only am I his but I also belong to a society to a people who are his. I have purpose in God's plan to that people. God made me with gifts to share with His people wherever they are. I am part of God's community.
I am cared for.
"We are the sheep of his pasture." Sheep are very dependant. Sheep do not have fangs or claws to fight with, they are not built for speed, and "Baaah" is no where near a "Rawr!" The sheep live and thrive because God takes care of his sheep, He protects them and nurtures them. He provides for them. He is the Good Shepherd and I am filled with gratitude for that fact.
I have a place.
Not only are we His sheep; we are in His pasture. That is like we are doubly loved and cared for. I can't imagine what a wonderful pasture the Lord has for his sheep. It is like we not only have a Creator, and an identity and a purpose we also have a place--His pasture. I have a place in the heart of God. I am in His hands.
These may be basic statements of truth but they sure are big.
May you find opportunity to rejoice in our Creator and Shepherd today and always.