July 24, 2011

Psalm 23

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.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
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 comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil:
my cup overflows.
surely goodness and love with follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

As you prepare for worship this morning or go about your day this afternoon, may your soul find rest in the arms of the Good Shepherd who guides, feeds, protects, and eternally loves His sheep.  If you belong to God, you are His beloved sheep.  It is good to be a sheep in the fold of God Almighty.

This is my favorite benediction, from Hebrews 13:20-21, and my prayer for you today.
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever.  Amen.

Have a blessed Sabbath, fellow sheep.

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