This week is exciting! We can meet once again as a church (“church” means “assembly”). We have zero Coronavirus cases on our Island and zero deaths from Coronavirus on our Island as well. It’s as if Jesus still rules and reigns (just a hint here—He still does rule and reign).
Maybe that’s our problem with fear and irrational panic—we don’t trust that Jesus is alive and well, ruling on the throne, sovereignly in control of each and every little aspect of our lives including our actual life.
- Psalm 23: The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Spurgeon noted that Psalm 23 comes after the Messianic Psalm of 22 which describes His suffering and death for our salvation. Psalm 23 then discusses His children and how He is their shepherd, caring and loving them even in the midst of death and despair. Mark Altrogge states:
- Think about it – The LORD – The Creator of the galaxies, the One who commands the armies of heaven, the one who sustains all things by his word, the One who knows the name of every star and the location of every grain of sand, the One who has Infinite Power, the One who is Sovereign over history and every detail of our lives, the one who gives life to every creature from kings to single-cell amoebas – the LORD – is MY shepherd.
Do you think that a sovereign, caring shepherd like our God would make a mistake in allowing good or bad to happen to you? Do you think He is negligent or forgetful when bad happens to you? Do you not think that you can trust Him for each area of your life knowing that even your soul is in His hands?
Our Thankful Thursday needs to focus on our loving, caring Shepherd Who has preserved us during these days. He doesn’t promise us one day on this earth, or even good days and prosperity, but He does promise us eternal days in glory in His glorious presence.
- Thank God now for protecting you and sustaining your life even up to today.
- Have you had any near-death experiences (car accidents, hospitalizations, etc.)? _________________________________
- Now, are you still alive? ________________________________
- Then thank Him for sustaining you.
- Think about Psalm 23 now. Write down the areas of His shepherding that you are thankful for: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- What times in your life have been the hardest to be thankful to God for: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- In retrospect, do you see now how He was still in charge, and that all worked for His glory? ___________________________________________________
- Even now pray to Him to thank Him for those hard times, as well as His guiding hand.
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need Hymn by Isaac Watts
1 My Shepherd will supply my need,
Jehovah is his name;
In pastures fresh he makes me feed,
Beside the living stream.
2 He brings my wandering spirit back
When I forsake his ways,
And leads me for his mercy’s sake
In paths of truth and grace.
3 When I walk through the shades of death,
Thy presence is my stay;
One word of thy supporting breath,
Drives all my fears away.
4 Thy hand in sight of all my foes
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.
5 The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
Oh may thine house be mine abode,
And all my works be praise!
6 There would I find a settled rest,
(While others go and come)
No more a stranger or a guest,
But like a child at home.