20200428 Days to the Pentecost 12
Psalm 23 by Hannah Lee
This famous Psalm 23 is a song of David praising the Lord, the good and loving shepherd.
In this poem, David compared himself to a sheep, which begins with “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want”,
but in fact, David was actually a shepherd herding his flock.
Perhaps David understood the shepherd’s mind than anyone else.
David would have also known how good and loving a shepherd must be towards his sheep.
David would also have known how much he risked his life to fight the beast to keep his sheep safe.
David would also have known how much he wanted to take his sheep to a good place to rest.
David would have known well what the shepherd's heart was for the sheep.
Perhaps David might have sat in the shade of a large tree and looked at the sheep resting on the green grass and thought, ‘How much do they know how blessed it is to meet a shepherd like me?”. Then wouldn’t he suddenly think of God’s heart?
Being a sheep who knew the shepherd’s mind and saying, ‘I know how big and amazing your love is, so I can’t live without your love. I’m so happy that you are my shepherd. And I want to live in your house forever.’
Isn't this the best confession a shepherd wants to hear from a sheep?
David was a sheep who knew the shepherd’s heart.
It was a sheep that experienced, believed, and wished for God’s love, kindness, and goodness.
The sheep that know the shepherd’s heart will never be lost and wander.
The sheep will never go anywhere else on its own because she knows that listening to his voice and following his lead will keep her safe, fed, and rest in the best place.
How much do I know, experience, and desire God’s love, kindness, and goodness?
Do I realize that obedience to Him is the safest, fullest, and most comfortable path for me?
How am I pleased with God?
Lord, I want to make the best confessions that please You like David.
May the love of the Lord be realized and felt, so that I may live in the hope of your love.
In Jesus’ name, I Pray. Amen.