My Shepherd

Welcome back. Let's continue our journey through the first line of PSALM 23. Thus far, we've seen the context in which it was written; a cave, by a king, running for his life. A man who had lost everything in the previous day or two. As we look at the first line, we have only skimmed the surface of the first three words. I AM is. The great I AM, our covenant God, IS, RIGHT NOW, in the business of shepherding me.

This week I want to look at the next word of that first sentence - 'my'. First, just a few thoughts about this statement in Psalm 23. I don't believe David heard this line from the Holy Spirit. I think this line was in response to David hearing something like; "David, I AM your shepherd." I picture him literally running for his life and when he reaches a cave to hide in and slowly stops running mentally, the Holy Spirit reminds him that I AM is his shepherd, and that realization provokes the response, "oh, I forgot, that's right, "I AM is my shepherd!"

The other thing to mention this week about 'my', is that back then a shepherd was an incredibly up close and personal job- really more of a calling and commitment than a job. The shepherd was with his sheep 24/7. He would give them all names. As they went throughout their days He would call them by name and they would respond. They knew His voice. He knew everything about each one. There is so much more to say about this but I will stop for this week.

So very briefly this week we've looked at my and shepherd. As I said before, the rest of the chapter exegetes this first line so we have much more to unwrap. Until then, I encourage you to pray telling Him you are His sheep and thanking Him that He is I AM and that He is the shepherd.


“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.

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 week's “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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