The Lord is my Shepherd

Welcome back. I trust you had a pleasant Thanksgiving. As promised, we are going to begin a new topic this week. This topic may take us a long time. We will be looking at the 23rd Psalm. We all know it. It is only six verses long and yet it is most likely the most widely known piece of Scripture we have. It begins with; 'The Lord is my shepherd,'.

 

As we unwrap these six verses my prayer is that we would live with and in these verses, that we would allow Abba to reveal Truth to us, to minister to us and to let this Psalm perhaps transform our thinking.

 

The first thing I would say about this first line of the chapter is that it, in a sense, is the chapter. This first line is the meaning of the entire chapter. The rest of the chapter is simply an exegesis of the first line. In other words, the rest of the chapter is an explanation, or unwrapping of this first line. What we need to see then is that this first statement is a huge statement. We will spend some weeks just on this opening line.

 

The other thing I want to point out this week is that we will appreciate more of this Psalm when we understand the context in which it was written. The context was this; King David is literally running for his life, most likely from his own son, Absalom! In the preceding 24-48 hours, David has lost his throne, his empire, his palace, family, finances, position, everything. He is hiding in a cave. The chase is on. His life is in jeopardy. It is from this cave, while facing these circumstances, which comes this incredible proclamation to himself. He is reminding himself of the truth, 'The Lord is my shepherd.' What a powerful statement. I don't know about you, but sometimes when my circumstances are less than desirable, I tend to forget who my shepherd has been, is, and will be. Let's take some time this week reflecting on this and thanking Him that He is our shepherd. Next week, we'll begin to look at more of this opening line.

Until then,

 

Blessings,

Thomas

thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

 

                                   “If you want to know want 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. For 2014, there will be a laminated waterproof jacket 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.

 

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