He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake. (Psalms 23:2–3, NIV)
Dear Christchurch Friends,
Once when I read the above verses I thought maybe something had been left out. A verse left out. Something like this:
"And I follow him wherever he leads me.” Ps 23:3 ½
David assumes that we understand that the shepherd leads, and the sheep follow. He assumes it because he has experienced it, both as a shepherd and as a follower. The refreshment comes when the sheep follow the shepherd to the green pastures and the quiet waters. Simple enough!
You follow, don’t you?
What are the regular ways you have of following Jesus? What habits are you forming to keep close to him?
Pastor Mark loves his wife and grown children, the Word of God, and words. And coffee,
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7)
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