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Now, to be honest, it was very hard for me to take this promise as my own until I also read, Eph. 3:6 " That the Gentiles(meaning current day believers as well) emphasis mine( should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body,and partakers in his promise in Christ by the gospel:" What that means to me is that God is My Shepherd and He gathers me in His arms! He carries me close to his heart! Here we see the Creator of the Universe expressing physical affection toward his own! I too can have claim to the same promises as Israel! I don't know about you but I am starving for evidence that God who is the strong and Mighty offers us a picture of physical affection from Himself! Do you need the Shepherd to hold you close, maybe like me it seems irreverent to you, to think of God as tender, but I am not to argue with the King of Kings about who He is!