Psalm 95:6-7 (NLT)
Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
for he is our God.
We are the people he watches over,
the flock under his care.
While I’ve known many people who raise sheep, I’ve known only one true shepherd in my lifetime.
Ed Laughlin was the gardener and master-craftsman to a rich toothpaste creator. One of Ed’s duties was to care for the herd of sheep on the estate. As he caringly crafted a wonderland of woodland beauty on this massive property, he also fell in love with the sheep who were under his care.
He told me the story of how he tended to them, leading the mob to the pasture in the morning and back to the safety of the barns in the evening. He never walked behind the flock because they never needed prodding or poking. He walked in front calling to them along the journey to green, rolling pastures. They followed him freely because they loved and trusted him.
The passage above, found in the book of Psalms portrays a God that loves his flock, leads them well, earns their trust. It portrays a flock that honors that love and commitment. It is a picture of peace. It is a relationship of care and love; exactly what God desires for us.
What better way to spend the Season of Advent than honoring the God who watches over us, providing safety and Peace?
In the midst of this busy season, a time of rush and bustle, may we know your ever-watching presence that cares and loves us in ways we cannot even begin to understand.
May we take time from the chaos to trust you fully, follow you closely, and worship you in spirit and in truth.