From David to you: Shepherd then … Shepherd now (2)

May 22, 2012

“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. He lets me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff — they comfort me.” Psalm 23:1-4 Holman Christian Standard

The same Shepherd who watched over a future king wants to be the same Shepherd in your life. We aren’t used to living an everyday life of trusting the Lord for every concern. We want to .. but .. the half-truths of this broken world lead us to trust the Lord and ourselves in case He fails to provide. Green pastures .. quiet waters .. and right paths seem ancient but they are the images we long for during the dark times of uncertainty. And just like David it doesn’t happen instantly. We learn in the fearful moments that Jesus is our Chief Shepherd who will not abandon us. He’ll give us the strength we need and the peace to persevere. In the face of lacking everything He’ll be your comfort. And He knows it is hard to let go and trust in His path for your life. But the Lord is going to compete against the glitter and false promises of this world. He has promised to guide you along right paths. You can trust Him .. just like David. He is the same Shepherd no matter what form the lions and bears take in your life. Whatever you are facing today let David teach you: ” The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.” He would say this in the fields .. in a cave .. on the run .. and on the throne. And He was pointing us to Jesus who has promised to never let go of your life .. not even for a moment. And for that to be true in your life .. it only takes a moment …

“David said, “I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I’d go after it, knock it down, and rescue the lamb. If it turned on me, I’d grab it by the throat, wring its neck, and kill it. Lion or bear, it made no difference — I killed it. And I’ll do the same to this Philistine pig who is taunting the troops of God-Alive. God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:34-37 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F Pavement Walking Followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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