The Good Shepherd
Psalm 23 has been a comfort to many people through the ages. As we listen to the Psalm again, there are three things we need to listen for through the familiarity of the words if we are to experience the true power and comfort of its words.
As we read the Psalm we need to see:
- the true nature and identity of the Shepherd,
- the true nature of his provision, and
- the true nature of our need.
Rest From Religion
Do you know how to rest truly? Do you know what it means to rest from the work underneath the work? There's a place in Mark's Gospel where, on two occasions, Jesus challenges the religious leaders of his day concerning the Old Testament teaching of the Sabbath. By closely observing this interaction we don't just learn a theology of Sabbath but we actually see how Jesus himself brings us the deepest rest we'll ever need.
In some ways the concept of hope is the very foundation upon which our continuing existence, as human beings, is based. Here, in the middle of the book of Lamentations we find a reason to hope in the midst of desolation and darkness, a reason to lift our eyes above the despair.