Posted on Monday, September 28, 2020 09:53 AM
PSALM 23: Walking in Dark Valleys
Ps 23:4 "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me..."
This Psalm is very personal. So far we have read about "MY shepherd," how he "leads ME," and he "restores MY life." It is almost as if we (a sheep) were bragging to other sheep about the awesomeness of "OUR shepherd." But now, it gets even more personal as we discuss how "I walk," and how "I will not fear" because "YOU are with me."A Routine Trek
This verse in...
Posted on Monday, September 21, 2020 07:00 AM
Psalm 23: The Presence of the Shepherd
The more I read about Psalm 23, and sheep in particular, the more the realities of this Psalm hit home. Not only do I begin to see the tender care and effort of our good shepherd, but I also begin to see how apt a metaphor sheep are for humans and the way we behave.
One shepherd described her flock this way:
"Like us, sheep have faults. They can be destructive, rebellious, and greedy. Their fears overwhelm them. They're helpless on their own, yet fight to get...
Posted on Monday, September 14, 2020 09:00 AM
Throughout the month of September we will be reflecting on Psalm 23. I spoke on this Psalm a little while back and this month's reflections will serve to help us further reflect and chew on this beloved Psalm.Psalm 23:1: The LORD is my shepherd
King David, the author of this psalm, spent a good portion of his life as a shepherd tending sheep. The lives, as well as the quality of those lives, were in his hands. He cared for them. He fed them, he led them, and he protected them (1 Samuel...
Posted on Monday, May 04, 2020 09:13 AM
We began by looking at how the “original sin” was really about a shift in our trust. A shift from trusting in God and his character to trusting the serpent’s word about God to ultimately trusting in our own human ability to judge and rule. Genesis 3—11 clearly shows the negative affects of those choices, not just for us as humans but for God’s creation as well. Last week we looked at how God found a person who would trust him—Abraham—and how through him...
Posted on Sunday, April 26, 2020 04:10 PM
As one can easily tell from even a cursory reading of Genesis 3–11, the results of “the fall” are nothing short of disastrous, both for humanity and for the creation itself. The fundamental shift from trusting in God to trusting in humanities’ own ability to rule left humans isolated from God, themselves, and turned taking care of God’s creation into a somewhat painful task (Genesis 3:8–19). But God does not give up! He does not throw away his creation and humanity....