THEME: GOD GO BEFORE US
Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”
-The picture of God as Shepherd is fulfilled and completed in the Person and work of Jesus Christ who is presented as the redeeming Good Shepherd (John 10:1), the resurrected Great Shepherd (Hebrew 13:20), and the returning Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). By Christ going before us, we obtain His multifaceted grace of His death, resurrection, redemption, and have the sure hope of eternal life in Him.
Christ going before us is a portrait of a shepherd leading his flock. The shepherd offers direction, protection, guidance to the pasture, preservation and carrying of the fragile sheep, and nursing the injured flock. The sheep are guided by the shepherd through the voice and they follow through. Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd. He goes before us to assure us of His enduring presence. God assures us of sure rest when His presence goes with us (Exodus 33:14-15). Secondly, God also guides and offers us protection during the day and covers us in the night when we sleep. Thirdly, God goes before us to remove all obstacles by breaking in pieces the gates of brass, cut in sunder the bars of iron, carry us through the level all the hilly places, and gives us hidden treasures in secret places. Fourthly, God goes before us and blesses us. He places His hand upon heads and anoints us with fresh oil so that we may effectively serve Him and fulfill the assignment He has called us to do, for the glory and honor of His name. We note that, God is glorified when we make progress in our lives, when we advance and maximize the potential within our destinies (John 15:8).
LORD You are our good Shepherd, we shall not want. You make us to lie down in green pastures; You lead us beside the still waters, You restores our souls. You lead us in the paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil; for You are with us; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort us. You prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies. You anoint our heads with oil; our cups runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, and we shall dwell in Your house forever. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May Your face shine upon us and be gracious unto us. May You turn Your countenance towards us and give us peace. Come Holy Trinity one God, we welcome You into our hearts forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: John 10:27-28