The Lord is my......

 

Greetings,

 

We have been enjoying the 23rd Psalm and last week began to peek at the third line, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures.” This week I want to take a bit of a detour on our journey by allowing the word “He” to minister to us.

 

David, writing this Psalm, is using “He” to refer to his opening statement “The Lord.” As you recall, this is His name, Yahweh, and it is translated as “I AM.”

 

David goes on to say “The Lord is my shepherd.” Let's break that down a bit by omitting the title, shepherd. When we do that, we are left with a tremendous covenantal statement - “The Lord is my......”.

 

Now, if we go back to Psalms 3:3, we find one of those “but” statements by Abba, incidentally, for which this blog is named.

 

Psalms 3 was written just about the same time as Psalms 23. In verse 1, David is expressing how many enemies he has and not only are they enemies, they are saying that David is beyond God's deliverance.

 

Then verse 3 begins with “BUT”, followed by that covenant statement, “you, Lord, are my shield, my glory, the lifter of my head.” Scripture fills in the blanks for us numerous times with specifically who “He” is to me. Now let's translate it as I AM. I AM is my shield, my glory, the lifter of my head.

 

Do you recall some of the things Jesus said about himself? I AM the light of the world, I AM the way, I AM the truth, I AM the life. I encourage you to find some more. In all of these examples He intends for us to take it very personally. He is speaking to each of us, His sheep.

 

As we lie down, well fed, in the pasture to which He has led us, let us rest and rejoice as we reflect on more and more of who He is and who He is to you and me.

 

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. 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.

 

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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