Monday, February 29, 2016

He's My Shepherd

It's been over 40 years since Phillip Keller published his book, "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23."  I still like to open the paperback copy I have, and look at the list of questions he asks, and encourages all his readers to ask.
Today, spend some time with Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    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.
Even though I walk

    through the darkest valley,
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 your goodness and love will follow me

    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Here are the questions:
1.  Do I really belong to Him?
2.  Do I really realize His right to me?
3.  Do I respond to His authority and acknowledge His ownership?
4.  Do I find freedom and complete fulfillment in his arrangement?
5.  Do I sense a purpose and deep contentment because I am under His direction?
6.  Do I know rest and repose, besides a definite sense of exciting adventure, in belonging to Him?

And my question:  Is the Lord my shepherd?


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