September 22, 2022

Hello Advent Family,

Psalm 23 is perhaps one of the most well known Psalms.  It is written by David, who knows a thing or two about what a shepherd does having been one himself.  Let’s look together at this passage for the next couple of days.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.    
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

One of the things that is significant about the sheep/shepherd relationships that sheep are totally dependent upon the shepherd.  The shepherd guides them, protects them, feeds them, and brings them to shelter or pastures to rest.  The shepherd leads them where they need to go.  Sheep have a tendency to think that they are more independent than they actually are and wander off.  Sound familiar?  Perhaps you find yourself today in a place where you particularly need guidance from the shepherd.  Maybe you have wandered on your own path and feel far off.  The good news is that the Shepherd is always with you.  Even when we feel as though we have gone astray our Good Shepherd never leaves us.  Allow Him to lead you back to those green pastures and still waters because He longs to restore your soul. 

In His Grip (or shepherds crook),
Pastor Dave