Dear BAGBR Churches,
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd, I have
what I need. (CSV)
These are not just the opening words of the
Great Psalm but also the summary of it as
well. The Psalmist/Shepherd David knew the
meaning and significance for sheep being led
by a Shepherd who knows His sheep, loves His
sheep, and is fearless and faithful in
caring for His sheep. But as good as the
best shepherd may be, he knew there was NO
shepherd like The Lord--the Good Shepherd.
Great shepherds still fell short of being
able to address everything, all the time,
but The Lord WILL. There was and is NO area
that He lacks in, so we who are His sheep,
can rest content under His shepherding--no
matter what circumstantially may be going
around us, among us, in us. "I have what I
need!" This IS a statement of faith!
Whatever may come, I can trust Him! Whatever
is currently going on does not surprise Him
and, all the resources and strength for this
present moment are in full supply; I will
not only survive IN it, but be revived BY it
and ultimately thrive BECAUSE of it. And
whatever I have been through, He is working
all of this for His glory and even our good.
Thus, because He is my shepherd: My heart is
full of thanksgiving concerning my past,
content in the present, and blessedly joyous
with expectation for my future.
HE IS ALL I NEED!
Tommy G. Middleton
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