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Psalm 23: Tough Enough

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

I don’t know many shepherds — especially ones from the time of King David, who wrote this psalm. I tend to think of shepherds as gentle souls who hang out on hillsides and babysit a bunch of fluffy, dumb animals. That’s wrong. Shepherds are wicked tough.

Listen to what David told Saul about his shepherding days: “When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear.” (1 Samuel 17:34-35)

Yikes! David was like some kind of ninja with that rod and staff. Don’t mess with shepherds! Speaking as sheep, David writes that our great shepherd — God — is strong enough to take on whatever evil might come our way. He’s tough enough that we can relax and munch on our grass and not worry. Trust your Shepherd to protect you.

Think: Do you ever think of God as being ready and willing to use His might against evil to protect you? Why or why not?

Pray: Thank God for His protection in your life against evil; ask Him to help you not to live with anxiety.

Do: Read 1 Samuel 17:34-37 to see why David said he was so good at defeating lions and bears in battle.

Posted November 22, 2014

Psalm 23: A Shepherd’s Rep

Posted November 21, 2014

“He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3) We’re looking at this sheep’s poem for a few days. He’s bragging about what a great shepherd he has. If you think about it, quality of life for a sheep pretty much comes down to how good (or how lousy)

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Psalm 23: Talking Sheep

Posted November 20, 2014

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:1-3)

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Changed: Father Rescuer

Posted November 19, 2014

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)

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Changed: Don’t Be Polite

Posted November 18, 2014

“. . . giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” (Colossians 1:12)

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Changed: Fruitier, Smarter, Stronger

Posted November 17, 2014

“. . . bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience . . .” (Colossians 1:10-11)

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Changed: What Does God Want from Me?

Posted November 16, 2014

“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10)

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