The Lord is my Shepherd, BUT. . .

“The Lord is my Shepherd…(Psalm 23)

These are some of the most familiar words in the Bible. They are loved by Jews, Catholics, Protestants and devout people everywhere. According to the Shepherd Psalm of David, the key to the real blessings of this life and the next is a relationship with God. The green pastures, the still waters, the table of provision, the blessing of God described as anointing oil and the cup that runs over all the time are all conditioned on that relationship. David tells us how that relationship is established in the second verse when he writes that, “He makes me to lie down”.

However, the spirit in which these words are often recalled can be something like this: “The Lord is my Shepherd—but I have a health problem”. Or, the Lord is my Shepherd—but I have marriage problems!” Or, “The Lord is my Shepherd—but I cannot control my children”.

When we say “The Lord is my Shepherd—but” we are putting our “but” in the wrong place. We need to get our “but” in the right place and recall the precious promise these words this way: “I have a health problem, BUT the Lord is my Shepherd! I have marriage problems, BUT the Lord is my Shepherd! I cannot control my children, BUT the Lord is my Shepherd!”

One way the Lord makes us lie down is to use health problems, marriage problems, problems with our children, financial problems, career and professional problems and any other kind of problems we can imagine to teach us about the relationship which is the key to all the blessings profiled in these beautiful words.

Will you let the Great Shepherd use problems to establish the relationship with you today David described so beautifully three thousand years ago?

6 Responses to The Lord is my Shepherd, BUT. . .

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your son spoke at my church this past sunday and it blessed me immeasurably. It lead me to look you up…he talked about you. What a beautiful man you are. Thank you for your ministry and your testimony to God’s great and saving love in Grace. At the end of Dean’s sermon there were these “cardboard testimonies”. They took my breath away. I cried tears of joy and praise to our Lord God Almighty! I hope Dean can share this with you and with others, perhaps by posting the sermon on YouTube or some other media vehicle. Thank you for your son, Dean and for the message he gave this past Sunday at Cypress Bible Church in Houston, Texas. Thank you. Monica Abboud

  2. Marty Purks says:

    Hey Dick, this is a great idea! I am so happy to see this blog and read what you are thinking!

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