Sitting with the Shepherd
As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength,
And makes my way perfect.
(Psalms 18:30-32 NKJV)
There are days when we wake up wondering just how we can ever handle the responsibilities on our plate in the day ahead. It is on those days that our need for help is most evident. Some of us have sought that help from other people or in substances that we thought would get us through, all to no avail. "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water." (Jeremiah 2:13 NKJV) Sometimes the consequences of trusting those false gods proved catastrophic!
King David was a valiant man, a man's man, a warrior, and a king. He faced Goliath, a half mad insane king named Saul, and a power grabbing son named Absalom among other things. He made his mistakes as we all well know, proving that he was human and fallible just like us, but overall he led a triumphant victorious life.
While our enemies are different in character than his because we live in a different time, they are no less intimidating. The passage quoted from Psalms came this morning like a soothing balm on an open wound. God's way is perfect. There are no dead ends or wrong turns. He Himself is a shield that protects us when we trust Him enough to stand behind Him. He is uniquely qualified and totally sufficient. Who is God except the Lord and who is a rock except our God?
This passage is the essence of the Sitting with the Shepherd Devotional Series. It is the answer to fears, doubts and uncertainties about the day ahead. It is Mary sitting at Jesus' feet before busying herself with the chores of the coming day. Being in His presence is rich, satisfying and strengthening, preparing us for whatever lies ahead.
"The Israelites were to gather the manna every man according to his eating (Exodus 16:16). The appetite, then, governed the amount collected. How strikingly true this is of the believer! We have as much of Christ as our desire—no more, and no less. If our desires are large, if we will open our mouth wide, he will fill it…On the other hand, if we are but feebly conscious of our need, only a little of Christ will be supplied." EDWARD DENNETT
Harrison, Nick (2010-12-21). His Victorious Indwelling: Daily Devotions for a Deeper Christian Life (pp. 139-140). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
Questions for Meditation or Discussion
1. How have you sought strength and direction from people or things other than God? What were the results?
2. What are your Goliaths today?
3. How has being in the Shepherd's prepared you for the days challenges?
My Father in heaven, my God, all of Your ways are perfect, all of Your paths are proven. In Your presence is fullness of joy. I confess my fears and doubts that grew like noxious weeds in the night to you. May they be uprooted and cast into the fire by Your word. Thank You that Jesus Christ is the solution to every problem and the answer to every question that I will encounter today. Amen