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Seeds of Hope: I am Your shepherd and will love and lead you

There is, perhaps, no more reassuring picture of God’s presence and protection than that of a shepherd leading and protecting his flock. That image from Psalm 23 brings us comfort and assurance whenever we face insecure moments when our lives are filled with uncertainties. It brings to memory the grace, goodness, mercy and might of our God.

In bringing Psalm 77 to a conclusion our author presents a picture of the Good Shepherd – the One who was with the children of Israel and of the One who could come as Redeemer and one day Ruler. He writes, “You led your people like a flock, by the hand of Moses and Aaron.”

Can you picture what he wanted those who read this Psalm to visualize in their minds? Seas writhing and convulsing, drenching rains falling from dark clouds that covered their path; skies that cried out and echoed with deafening thunder; flaming arrows flying above their heads; a whirlwind with noise and lightning; earthquakes that shook the ground under their feet. He wanted to remind them that through it all and in it all was their Creator-Sustainer-God who not only brought them into existence and would not let them perish, but had a plan and purpose for their lives.

Here then is what the Psalmist said to them then and is saying to us today: “Whenever life seems to be coming to an end it is only the beginning for My chosen. I am your Shepherd and will love you and lead you. You are mine and no one can take you from me! I’ll always be with you.”
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