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The Lord is My Shepherd

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13 Jun The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord is My Shepherd

One of the best known and beloved psalm’s is Psalm 23, the Shepherd Psalm. There we learn that the Lord is our shepherd. And since He is our shepherd, we will not want. We will not suffer want because our shepherd, will lead us to green pastures beside still waters. In other words, the Lord, our shepherd, will provide for all that we need in both body and soul.

Yet, we live as though we actually suffer from want, that the Lord, our shepherd, will not provide for all that we need. And thus, we live as though the
Lord is not our shepherd and we are not His sheep.

How do we do this? We do it by:

  • Putting anything else before Him and His provision for us.
  • Thinking that going to work is more important than receiving the gifts that He won for us on the cross, a violation of the First and Third Commandments
  • Failing to give generously of the first fruits of what the Lord has provided for us because we think we don’t know what the future will bring
  • Thinking the Lord is only in the business of helping those who will help themselves
  • Having a mind set on earthly, temporal things and not on heavenly, eternal things

The Word of God is how our shepherd calls us to himself and gathers and enlightens us with His gifts. Through that Word, we are kept holy and nourished in the one true faith that follows our Shepherd wherever He leads us.

He promises to lead you to your true home, to the land flowing with milk and honey, to a better country, not of this world, but a heavenly one.

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