But God- Questions and Answers

Greetings,

But God Image_Color_CrossAs we come to the end of the 23rd Psalm, let’s talk about questions and answers. Our questions and His answers. Before we begin, however, we want to invite your questions. The next subject we will tackle after Psalms 23 will be responding to any and all questions any of you, our readers have. Please notice the email address at the bottom of each installment of but God. Using that address please feel free to ask any questions you may have about anything we have written, or any other questions you may have concerning what we call the Christian life. I know from experience, both in my own life and from years of ministry that most believers have questions concerning their own walk with God and in general about God, the Bible, experiences, and relationships. And so we ask you to be bold and ask them. Your name will never be mentioned. And now, back to Psalms 23.

 

I don’t know about you, but if I had been in David’s sandals, I would have had questions for God. Probably my first one would have been ‘why’? More honestly, ‘why me?’ Often when we are walking through our own‘dark valley’,that is our first question. Other times, when we aren’t sure of what Abba would have us do, or where He would have us go, or when He might want us to do something, we ask those questions. These are all legitimate questions, and yet in my experience, they seem to often be met with seeming silence. I believe that is because, though legitimate, these questions are usually asked out of order. He seems to almost always want to ask and answer a different question first. The first answer He wants to settle is not what, or when, or how, or where, but rather, ‘Who’. This is what I hear Him answering in this Psalm.

 

As you recall, this Psalm was written while David was running for his life. Most likely it was his son, Absalom, chasing him to kill him, in order to take his throne. Before David is reminded of what his Shepherd will do for him, He reminds David of Who He is. Remember the first line? 'The Lord’ is my shepherd. What a comfort! The great 'I AM THAT I AM, is his shepherd. the next who question He answers is that of who David is, His perfectly cared for sheep. Once He has shifted David’s focus to that REALITY, David is free to see Who HE will be and what He will do for David. His shepherd will provide for him, protect him, give him rest and nourishment. He will refresh and renew and heal him. He has a purpose for him in this situation, He will guide him and teach him and lead him to victory because He has consecrated David to Himself. Now at the end of the Psalm, David is able to see clearly again, Who He is. He is Goodness and He is lovingkindness and He will relentlessly pursue David in lovingkindness. Therefore, David is certain that for all eternity, He will make his home in the ‘house of the Lord’. This certainty is also David’s heart’s desire.

 

In closing, I want to look at another verse of another Psalm David wrote describing his heart’s desire. This is Psalms 27:4. I quote from The Amplified Bible;

 

One thing I have asked of the Lord, that will I seek after, inquire for and (insistently) require, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord (in His Presence) all the days of my life, to behold AND gaze upon the beauty (the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness) of the Lord, and to meditate, consider AND inquire in His temple.”

 

When I reflect on Who my Shepherd is, not to mention all He has done and will do for me, there is nowhere else I’d rather be than in His presence. What a Shepherd we have. He is in nonstop pursuit of you and me with His love.

 

Wow!

Blessings,

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

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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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