But God- See the Shepherd and His Reality


We will continue our journey with our Shepherd through the 23rd Psalm. Recently we have looked at a few of the uses of a shepherd's rod and staff. We have looked at them being used symbolically for Scripture and the Holy Spirit. Now it is time to move on to verse 5, in which David says, 'You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.'

But God Image_Color_CrossWhere in the world did this statement come from, and how does it fit into the Psalm? Is David speaking of the future? The past? The present? Is it a statement of faith, or one of fact? Let's talk about the first part of this verse today. 'You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.' Let's look first at the first line concerning the table being prepared in the presence of his enemies. For an insight into where that came from, let's look at the story found in 2nd Samuel 17: 27-29. Before we go there, let's imagine David's circumstances.

News traveled quickly in those days. Nothing like in today's world of course, but there were men who would literally run with news. That is how David knew of Absalom's plans. However, this also meant Absalom knew David and his friends had fled, where they were, and what condition they were in. David had gone up the Mount of Olives, and then down the other side to the Jordan River. Their trip was unplanned and rushed. They had little with them. By this time they were exhausted, hungry, and thirsty. There David receives word that Absalom is at his heels. So he crosses the Jordan, heading east. He arrives at a village named Mahanaim. It was an important little village for business. It was possibly here that David penned this line we are looking at today. This verse probably came out of remembering just Who his Shepherd was. Remembering that his Shepherd was the great I AM, and that He had entered into covenant to be David's Shepherd. He remembers that his covenant Shepherd has bound Himself by His Name, to David's well-being. This allowed David to exercise faith- a trusting expectancy- to care for His sheep (David). It is this trusting expectancy that frees David to see past his reality to see the Shepherd's REALITY. It allows rest. It allows perspective. When He reminds us in our trials of His commitment to us and reminds us that He is I AM, our problems become small. So, this is David's situation. Now that the stage is set, I hope you will join us next week as we see just how David's Shepherd delivers on His promise to David and to us that He will never leave us or forsake us. Until then, whatever reality you find yourself in, I encourage you to look beyond it and see the Shepherd and His REALITY.





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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