Posted by: glorifyhim1 | February 16, 2018

My Savior and My Shepherd

“For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.”

(Psalm 48:14)

 

As I listened to the news reports of yet another school shooting where at least 17 innocent people were killed, I found myself asking once again, how, then, do I live? I had written a post with this title last year. You can read it here: https://glorifyinghim.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/how-then-do-i-live/  

 

As believers and followers of Christ, we can surely make a difference as we try to live our lives in ways that honor Him. Yet, sometimes, when we become overwhelmed with tragedies in our world, or adversities we face in our own lives, it is easy to lose heart and become discouraged. Yet, at times like these, I remind myself – I have a Savior! His name is Jesus.

 

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost (see Luke 19:10), but He also came to give us abundant lives. Jesus Himself stated: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b). When we accept Christ’s forgiveness, place our trust in Him, and surrender all that we are to Him, we can have this abundant life. It is this abundant life we have in Christ that can help us live with confidence in the midst of a broken, troubled world.

 

I have come to treasure the words found in John 10:1-18 and Psalm 23. In verse 14 of John 10, Jesus states: “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep…” He knows me! When I am happy, He knows me. When I am sorrowful, He knows me. When I am weary and worn, He knows me. Yet, in addition to knowing me, He cares for me. Psalm 23 beautifully expresses how Jesus shepherds and cares for you and me.

 

The Lord is my shepherd;I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

For You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Forever.

We have a shepherd who –

 

  • Knows us and cares for us.
  • Helps us find rest and restores us.
  • Leads us in the paths of righteousness, giving us wisdom and discernment.
  • Walks with us through our valleys.
  • Comforts us with His Presence as He protects, rescues, and guides us.
  • Lovingly provides for us and honors us.
  • Pursues us with His goodness and mercy all of our days.
  • Promises that we will dwell with Him forever.

 

It is this Savior, this Shepherd, to whom we cling, with whom we walk, who surrounds us with His Presence, and who blesses us with abundant life – now and forever. It this Savior, this Shepherd, who gives us joy, provides a place of refuge, and helps us walk with confidence in our world today. I am so thankful for my Savior. I hope you know Him, too.*

 

“You will show me the path of life; in Your Presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

(Psalm 16:11)

 

*Click here to learn how you can come to know this Savior: https://glorifyinghim.wordpress.com/how-can-i-be-saved/

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