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THIS WEEK'S BIBLE READING ASSIGNMENTS:
Monday, July 27
Tuesday, July 28
Wednesday, July 29
Thursday, July 30
Friday, July 31
Weekly Worship Bulletin Article
July 26, 2015
If you have been reading through the Old Testament with us this past year, you may have noticed our schedule brought us through Psalm 23 on Monday. You’ve heard it hundreds of times in church or at funerals. You’ve seen paintings of Jesus holding a staff and watching over sheep. Perhaps you even memorized it as a youngster. But this week I almost couldn’t get past verse 1:
“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.”
I had to stop and consider all of the things that lead me. Countless influences, commercials, images, people, plans, desires, and noises that long for my attention are constantly begging for my focus; all attempting to lead me in their direction. Often the LORD has little left of me to shepherd. I’m already spent following everyone and everything else. Looking again at the opening phrase I noticed it was singular. He is my shepherd. There are no other leaders or stimuli even mentioned. He’s it. By vocalizing the psalmist’s words I’m committing to following Him and Him alone.
The second phrase also clenched my gut. What I really need above all else is a person to lead and feed me more than a microwave oven or a car to get me to work. Can’t you just feel the incredible trust and dependence David (the author) places in his Heavenly Father? As long as he was hanging out and following his Abba Father around, he didn’t even need to pack a carry-on or lunch. God was ALL that he needed. Great words; great faith! Lots of wisdom in so few words.
Pastor Keith Stork
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