But God- Who is Your Shepherd?

Greetings,

But God Image_Color_CrossSurely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.'Thus begins the last verse of the 23rd Psalm. And what a loaded statement David makes here. I believe it is in response to remembering Who his Shepherd is, and how his Shepherd has met his needs. I think David is amazed at how his Shepherd has used David's three covenant friends to meet his needs. Hence the response 'Surely'. It's like he is saying, 'He really is for me. He surely will never leave me nor forsake me. He really is going to be faithful to me forever!'

Today let's deal with that first word David uses to describe his Shepherd- goodness. Let's settle what David's saying here- God IS goodness. He doesn't simply do good, He IS good. That means He is incapable of not being good. This truth carried much comfort and rest for David, and as we remember it through our valleys, it will for us as well.

Let's for fun look at some of the different definitions of the Hebrew word used here for goodness. Here goes; morally good, pleasant, beautiful, excellent, lovely, delightful, joyful, fruitful, precious, cheerful,kind, righteous. That's a few of the definitions.

Personally, I like to define it as 'sparkling radiance.'

Now David says that this goodness will surely 'follow' him forever. This word follow should be interesting to you hunters. A dear friend of mine went to Africa a couple years ago to kill a lion. In telling the story, they followed it for a day. They tracked it. Finally, the lion stopped and my friend, after tracking it for a long time, took the shot and got the lion. This is what David is saying here that his Shepherd had done and would do the rest of his life- with one exception. This is the only place in Scripture where this word is used in a positive sense. The other times it is used are to track and kill, either animal or enemy. When David uses this word, I believe he is reminding himself of his true REALITY. Even though Absalom is 'following' him for evil, David's Shepherd, his 'sparkling radiance' is following him for good. He is remembering that old saying- God is good all the time, God is good.

I leave you then with this question; who is your shepherd? Is He following you with goodness? Is He sparkling radiance? Is His intention for your best? If your answer is yes, let's thank Him and rest in His goodness.

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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