|The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. |
|Come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker, for He is our God . . .|
|and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Psalm 95:6,7|
Make a joyful shout unto the LORD, all you lands!
Serve the LORD with gladness, come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is God,
It is He that has made us and not we ourselves;
we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth.
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so He opened not His mouth.
For thus says the LORD God, "Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and will bring them to their own land. I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in good pasture and the their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock and I will make them lie down," says the LORD God. I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick . . .
"What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one who is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish."
Now may the God of peace who brought up our LORD Jesus from the dead,
that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
For you were like sheep going astray,
but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:25
So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture; will give You thanks forever;
we will show forth your praise to all generations.
Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario