13 The psalm concludes on a note of hope as God’s people look for the day of their redemption (cf. 2 Th 1:5–10). They are still “the sheep” of his pasture (cf. 100:3), even though they had been forcibly removed from the land (v. 7). They anticipate praising God for their redemption from the oppressors and for their forgiveness. How sweet is the hope of the children of God, even in the hour of deepest distress! Brueggemann (Message of the Psalms, 74) observes, “New life is never a gift in a vacuum. It is wrought in profound and dangerous struggle as we bring to visibility the deep incongruity that marks our life. Our life is one in which all that is finally holy is violated, day by day.”
13 The last verse in the psalm foresees an end to this nightmare period of death, confusion, and isolation. In confidence the people assert that Israel is Yahweh’s people, his flock, and that when his redemption comes they will recount his praise for generations. It is worth noting that the last word in the psalm is “praise”—hardly expected at the beginning of the psalm.
79:13. The psalm centers on the Lord’s relationship with His people. It begins by identifying Israel as God’s inheritance (v. 1) and ends by identifying them as Your people and the sheep of Your pasture (cf. 74:1; 100:3). God’s deliverance would serve as another occasion for all generations (cf. 78:4) to tell of His praise.
Promise of praise (79:13)
79:13. After the Lord would release His people from bondage, the psalmist promised that then they, the sheep of His pasture (cf. 74:1; 95:7; 100:3), would be eternally grateful and would praise Him forever.
79:13 All this will mean peace for Israel and praise to God. His loving flock will never cease to thank Him. Generation after generation will rise to sing His praise.
79:13 Sheep of Your pasture describes the Israelites. God’s care for the Israelites was so great that they were called His sheep (77:20; 95:7; 100:3). The people vowed to bring thanks, or public acknowledgment (35:18; 105:1), and praise to God.
How does my relationship with the Lord affect what and how I hear from Him?
|Our relationship with God—the most important aspect of our lives—affects greatly what we hear when we pray and listen. The only message an unbeliever will ever hear from God is that he is a sinner who needs Jesus as his Savior. Until that person knows Christ as his personal Messiah, he will not hear God speak on any subject other than salvation.||In the life of a believer, that speaker/ hearer relationship has two main features.||First, we are saved. When by faith we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, the Bible says we are born again. God takes us from the kingdom of darkness and places us into the kingdom of light. We become children of God. Our salvation experience begins our relationship with Him.
Second, we are identified with Him. Our salvation takes care of our eternal security, while our identification takes care of our daily walk of victory. By identification, I mean that Christ’s life is now mine and mine is His. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). What happened to Christ at Calvary, also happened to me. Christ was crucified; I was crucified. Christ was buried; I was buried. Christ was raised; I was raised.
One who is safe and secure in the love of God and sustained by His grace no longer hears from a distant God. He now listens to Someone who loves him enough to bring him into a close, personal relationship—and that makes all the difference. We no longer come to Him, groping and pleading, wondering whether He accepts us.
Through my identification with Him, I come gladly and boldly, knowing that I am accepted, not by my behavior, but because of my belief in Him and in what He has already accomplished. Thus I can approach Him with confidence and great assurance.
Jesus is now my personal, faithful, and merciful High Priest. He is my Father with whom I enjoy intimate communication. I no longer have to stand on the perimeter, squinting into the distance for a glimpse of His presence. Jesus has paid the price of relationship with God through His shed blood, so that now I am a full member of His own family, sitting daily before Him, totally secure in my sonship.
Why do I hear His voice? I hear it because I am one of the “sheep of His pasture.”
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4. The awareness of God’s presence energizes us for our work.
1. Our intimacy with God—His highest priority for our lives—determines the impact of our lives.
17. We stand tallest and strongest on our knees.
79:13 we will give thanks to you forever The psalmist expresses trust that God will act to rescue His people.
 MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 671). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
 Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 79:13). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.