Trust the Shepherd

I wanted to make a final ( for now ) visit to Psalm 23 . This is doubtless a rich portion of scripture whose truths are not only timeless but perhaps cannot be explored to their fullest depths . The more time one spends with Mr Keller’s little book the more alive the Psalm becomes . One sidenote, we must remember the cultures in which Scripture was written and although its truths are timeless , the imagery is somewhat foreign to us , along with the languages of Hebrew and Greek ( for most of us ) . Good study tools including concordances, atlases etc can greatly enhance our study and appreciation of God’s word . I had a Bible study leader who likened insights to gems discovered by a diligent miner and I have always liked that . Anyway, back to the Psalm . A quote or two from Keller :

” It is no accident that God has chosen to call us sheep…. Our mass mind ( or mob instincts ) , our fears, our stubborness and stupidity,our perverse habits are all parallels of profound importance. Yet, despite these adverse characteristics Christ chooses us, buys us , calls us by name, makes us His own and delights in caring for us . ”

That is such cool stuff to keep in mind and meditate on . There are so many lesson to draw, I suppose I could  post far longer and more often than necessary . Anyway, the chapters of the book are organized by phrases of the psalm, the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want ( that may be the one we need the most ) etc . I shall close with a middle phrase in the psalm; He restoreth my soul. This seemed to speak as much to me as any other. Keller writes of the cast down sheep which is an old English shepherding  term for, yes, a sheep  that for various reasons , virtually all of its own making, has fallen and cannot get up . For the shepherd, there is alas, no humor since a cast down sheep will die without the shepherd’s assistance. Furthermore, even the strongest and healthiest sheep are subject to this problem, perhaps even more so .  The  comparisons to us are painfully  but delightfully close. As we think about the Good Shepherd’s care for us it is just so wonderful . Again, one last lesson for our Western mindsets , ” Material success is no measure of spiritual health ” . Verses to reflect upon, I Corinthians 10:12-13 .



September 14, 2008 - Posted by | Bible study, Christian living | , , , ,

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