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I am sure that we have all heard these verses (even if you aren’t a follower of Jesus) at some point in our lives. Psalm 23 says,

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.

He leads 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, they 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 mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[f] in the house of the Lord forever.

Today’s Worship Wednesday song is “You Are My Shepherd” by Tricia Brock. It is a beautiful reminder of the words from Psalm 100:3,

Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

I hope you enjoy “You Are My Shepherd”!

 

I love Pandora radio. I have it playing in my office all the time. Over the past few months I have been hearing a song that I just can not get out of my head.

Today I heard it again – “You Are My Shepherd” by Tricia Brock. What an amazing song! It was inspired by Psalm 23.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 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, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

The words to the chorus go like this:

You are my shepherd in the wilderness. Whom shall I fear?
You are the God who goes before me, My Rock and my Shield.
In troubled times You will provide and I shall not want. You are, You are my God.

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This is my very first “Quotes from my Readings” and let me start off by saying that I completely stole this idea from a pastor and blogger, Casey Lewis. Casey is a pastor in Texas and writes at Christianity Matters. Please take the time to go visit his blog!

Over the past five years I have actually started to enjoy reading. I have come across some great quotes in these books that I would love to share on Twitter or Facebook but there is just not room enough to expound on them, so I wanted to start sharing some of them on my blog.

So here goes…

Do You Think Of Yourself As A Sheep?

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” – Psalm 23

Tony Evans writes in the book “God Is More Than Enough” the following,

Of all the sins a person can commit, at the top of the list is self-sufficiency, for it is fundamentally the sin of pride.

He goes on to say,

If the Lord is your Shepherd, He will meet all your needs. By allowing Him to freely do this for us, we can  rest assured that whatever possible need arises, our Good Shepherd is sure to be there.

He goes on to list three character traits of sheep:

  • Dumb – sheep are extremely stupid animals
  • Defenseless – they are animals that can not take care of themselves | They are vulnerable animals
  • Dirty – willing to stay dirty forever unless the shepherd gives them a bath

He closes with this,

“The good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11). The superior shepherd is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice – he puts it all on the line for the sheep.

And so when selecting a shepherd for your own life, the proof of a good one is whether that shepherd has given his life for you. And you have that proof. This is exactly what Jesus has done for you. You know He loves you as no one else possibly can.

But then he makes this statement,

But in order for Him to be your Shepherd, you must first recognize yourself as a sheep. And if you don’t think of yourself as a sheep, you’re not qualified to receive Him as your Shepherd”.

THINGS TO PONDER:

  • Is the Lord your Shepherd?
  • Are you willing to start acting like a sheep in order for Him to be your Shepherd?

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