The Promise of the Shepherd

11  For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.  12 As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a…

A Surplus of Peace

1   Don’t get upset over evildoers; don’t be jealous of those who do wrong,  2 because they will fade fast, like grass; they will wither like green vegetables.  3 Trust the LORD and do good; live in the land, and farm faithfulness.  4 Enjoy the LORD, and he will give what your heart asks.  5…

Taste and See

 1   I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise will always be in my mouth.  2 I praise the LORD— let the suffering listen and rejoice.  3 Magnify the LORD with me! Together let us lift his name up high! 4 I sought the LORD and he answered me. He delivered me…

Brute Beasts Transforming

21 When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart,  22 I was stupid and ignorant; I was like a brute beast toward you.  23 Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.  24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me with honor.  25 Whom…

Come!

17 The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who is thirsty come! Let the one who wishes receive life-giving water as a gift. Revelation 22:17 Let the invitation in these words of scripture settle over you. Do you hear the triune God’s desire to…

The Promise of the Lamb

13  Then one of the elders said to me, “Who are these people wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”  14    I said to him, “Sir, you know.”  Then he said to me, “These people have come out of great hardship. They have washed their robes and made them white in the…

The Lord, Our Provider

He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;  3he restores my soul. Psalm 23:2-3a Spend time with this week’s memory verse today. Reflect on how God has provided for you in your life. What would it mean to let go of fear and worry about the future and to…

The Work of the Shepherd

10 See, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.  11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep. Isaiah 40:10-11…

Our Strength

23 Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.  24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me with honor.  25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you.  26 My flesh and my heart may fail,…

Walking in the Way

Psa. 119:1    Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD.  2 Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart,  3 who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways.  4 You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.  5…

Sweeter than Honey

Psa. 19:7    The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple;  8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;  9 the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever;…

One Flock, One Shepherd

4 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,  15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.  16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they…