Saturday, March 22, 2014

Morning Psalms: 75, 76 | Evening Psalms: 23, 27
Genesis 43:16-34 | 1 Corinthians 7:10-24 | Mark 5:1-20
The Lord is my shepherd. (Psalm 23:1)
There are few other sections of scripture that bring more comfort to Christ’s believers than this 23rd Psalm. While we rightly focus on God being our shepherd, let us take a few moments to focus on the believers being declared his sheep. While the shepherd has dominion over all of creation, he has a specific care and love for his flock. This protection is not of a general nature, but deeply personal. David does not say, the Lord is the shepherd, but “The Lord is my shepherd.” God interacts directly in his guidance of each sheep. Moreover, these sheep are not mere wild beasts, but are property of the Divine. As is with all who are in Jesus Christ, they are ones who have been chosen and belong to the ever-loving and protecting God.
While this scripture brings great comfort, it should also bring great humility. It is not the lambs who chose the shepherd, but the shepherd who chooses his flock. When we find ourselves in the fold and our growls have been changed to bleats, we must remember that this was not of our own ability, but only by the grace of God. By his grace, he has given us a new nature.  In this season of Lent, let us give thanks that the shepherd has laid down his life for his sheep, and continually praise him for counting us within that flock. 


Brian Barsottini
MAR Student
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania


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