Blogging the Bible

Exodus 12-14; Psalm 23

This is probably the most familiar Psalm of them all. If there is one Psalm you know, it is this one. How true is it? Many of us have experienced the truth of these verses in our life. How God has come through for us, on our behalf.

“The Lord is my Shepherd” is a beautiful picture of His watchful care over those He loves. “I have everything I need” is different than everything I want. God doesn’t promise to fulfill our wishlist, but He gives what we need so that we can further trust Him.

We see how the Shepherd does that as David paints a picture of the job of the shepherd. This is obviously a metaphor for how God does it, but my experience has always been that the more I trust in God, the more He comes through for me. I may never be rich or have all I want, but He will provide all that I need and that is enough.

The picture of the Exodus shows God’s Shepherd’s heart in action. He provides for His people through the generosity of the Egyptians. Without raising a sword, they plunder the Egyptians. They have food for the journey. They are packed for travel.

God even knew the way to go. He didn’t take the direct route, for war would soon be upon them, and they weren’t ready for that. He took the long way to their promised home, which happened to also provide a trip through the Red Sea (which lead to a even bigger defeat of Pharaoh’s army).

“Surely your goodness and love will pursue me all the days of my life” God is crazy in love with you. He made you. He sent His Son to die for you so that your relationship with Him could be restored, and that we might “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

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~ by mikefoster on February 3, 2016.

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