Brothers and Sisters,
This Sunday reminded us of the glorious reality that the Lord is our shepherd (Ps 23:1). It is one thing to have a shepherd, but to have Yahweh as our shepherd is unthinkable. This personal name of God was viewed as so holy that Jewish people believed it should never be spoken out loud. That great and holy Yahweh is our shepherd! The depth of care our shepherd—Yahweh—provides is other worldly. It is all that God IS, that is our shepherd. His attributes consume his action of shepherding. Therefore, we can trust his care and guidance which is why the Psalmist can say, “your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Ps 23:4)
Brothers and Sisters, our shepherd makes us lie down in green pastures, leads us to still waters, restores our souls, and leads us to the right paths (Ps 23:2-3). He cares for us beyond measure and grants us peace even though we might walk through deep dark valleys (Ps 23:4). We need not fear the great shepherd is ours!! “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow [us] all the days of [our] lives, and [we] shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Ps 23:6).
In the greatest display of shepherding, Yahweh became man and laid down his life for us, his sheep (John 10:11). Rejoice at the care our shepherd has extended towards us in Christ. Perhaps it might be wise to keep a running list this week of different attributes you encounter from God’s word or see in daily life. At the end of the week share your list with a brother or sister and watch God encourage you both through seeing the greatness of God in His word and in our lives.
If you have not already considered and committed to attend one of our connection classes starting this Sunday, take a few minutes, click here, and decide. You will not regret carving out time each Sunday to gather with brothers and sisters to engage God’s word (Ps 1:2-3).
Church on Mill Distinctives
Church on Mill is deeply devoted to each other. As a local church, being an interconnected, interdependent family of believers, we pursue genuine Christian living together. This can be a reality because the gospel affects not just our relationship with God but also our relationships with people: people who know Jesus can be in harmony with others who know Jesus. We are literally brothers and sisters in Christ who need and rely on one another. (Jn 13:34 / Rom 12:10 / 1 Cor 13:4-6 / Gal 6:2 / Phil 2:3)
Grace be with you,