But God- He is Breathing Down Our Neck

Greetings,

But God Image_Color_CrossWe're going to continue in this last verse of Psalm 23. Last time we peeked at the word goodness and talked a bit about our Shepherd following us with that goodness. This time I want to take a brief look at this word 'mercy.' I'm pretty sure we misunderstand this word. Most of us think of mercy as being like pity. Now certainly, our Shepherd has mercy on us, however, the more correct word to translate this into would be lovingkindness or possibly just love. The Message Bible puts it this way; ' Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.' Today we will use the word lovingkindness. This word in the Hebrew is a covenant word. It means unconditional, loyal, devoted, acts of love. It is the one-sided kind of love communicated in marriage vows-'for better or for worse,etc.' I am going to love you regardless of whether you love me or not. I am going to do what is best for you. I am going to do what blesses you. I am going to lay down my life for you. David has heard and now seen his Shepherd provide for him, protect him, guide him, refresh and renew him, prepare a table for him in the presence of his enemies, all this causes David to respond with 'surely'; 'surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life'. He sounds convinced. I spoke last week of my friend who followed a lion in Africa several years ago. In order to take the shot with his bow, he had to close to about 20 yards. I don't know about you, but that seems awfully close to be to a lion. My friend had followed him and was breathing down the lion's neck. This is what David is saying his Shepherd has, is, and will do David's entire life- only with his goodness and lovingkindness. He has committed Himself into this covenant with us, his sheep. He is relentless in His pursuit of us. He desires each of us infinitely more than we know. However much you believe or imagine He loves you, it is more! He not only loves us, He is well-pleased with us and rejoices over us.

 

Listen to how Zephaniah puts it; "The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy."

 

I'm not sure I'll ever get used to being pursued with that kind of love, but it has been fun trying. Everything and everyone I'm around, including myself, communicates a different story to me. I must do this, or do that, or not do this or that, or look this way, or have this or that, but here we are confronted with a Shepherd who pursues us relentlessly, shamelessly, at great cost, and will never cease. If you want an example of this, read the first 7 verses of Luke 15.

 

Now, if you have been looking in all the wrong places for this kind of love, I would encourage you to take a minute and thank Him for pursuing you with this great love. If you do this, please reach out to us at the email address at the bottom of this and we will rejoice with you and help you get started in this new relationship.

 

Let's thank Him this week for pursuing us with his love and for rejoicing over us. Wow, what a Shepherd!

Blessings,

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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