DayBreaks for 10/31/19: He Knows the Shepherd
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2009:
I have been preaching a series on the 23rd Psalm. I’ve come to appreciate much about this song of David that I never had seen or apprehended before. Not only did David know about the life of a shepherd, he knew the Shepherd about whom he was singing.
There is a story told about a famous actor who at a gathering was asked to recite something for those gathered there. The actor was somewhat taken aback about what to recite when an old preacher who was in attendance suggested the actor recite the 23rd Psalm. The actor did a great job in his oration and when he was finished, received a long round of applause. Then the actor turned to the old preacher and suggested that he, too, should recite the Psalm. The old man, in a weak voice that quivered as he spoke, recited the same words the actor had just quoted. When the old preacher was done, no one clapped. It was quiet…except for the sound of sobs as those in the audience subtly began to wipe tears from their eyes. The actor rose once more to his feet and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I communicated with your ears and your eyes. I know the words. But my old friend here communicated with your hearts. He knows the Shepherd.”
I find myself constantly asking myself the question: do I really know the Shepherd, or do I just think I do? Do I really know Him, or do I just amass facts about Him? If I knew Him better, would my witness for Him be more powerful – as were the words of the old preacher in the story? I must admit that I don’t always like the answers to those questions. I am convinced that if we really knew the Shepherd as did David or the old preacher man, our testimony and sharing of Him would be more powerful because He would be more powerfully present within us.
Have you asked yourself lately if you really know the Shepherd or not? We will never know in full about Him for He is infinite. But at the same time, we can never know Him too much!
PRAYER: May we come to truly know You, the only One who has the words of life! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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