Think like a Sheep-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

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Thanks so much for joining me for more of “Think Like a Sheep.” I am so enjoying grazing out in the pasture of the 23rd Psalm. I just love taking our time and discovering all that we can so we won’t miss those stilled waters, the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Grab your coffee and come on in! 🙂

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Now, back to David and the 23rd Psalm and the part that comes after the paths of righteousness. David’s life experiences, especially his ten-year stint of being on the run, taught him that he could trust his Shepherd’s leading; that whatever the Shepherd led him to, He would lead him through, “for His name’s sake,” because a shepherd values his reputation.

So we’re now at the “for His name’s sake” part of the verse. Let me put it to you like this, which may require you to actually think like a shepherd, not just a sheep: Can you imagine being a shepherd and having to come back and report that you lost your flock? Back in the day, it would have been a disgrace, and yet, there’s something else to consider: God is jealous for His name, His reputation. Where ever He leads us to, He will lead us through. His Word is replete with those like promises.

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Moving on in the 23rd Psalm, next we have a path that leads to and through the valley of the shadow of death, not death, but the shadow of. So what’s that all about? That sure doesn’t look like a path I want to take any time soon. How about you? And yet, haven’t we all endured some pretty traumatic things that made us think of dying?

Well, let me share with you some historical data that will for sure cast some beautiful understanding on this part of the psalm.

To get to better pastures, a shepherd has to lead his sheep through some dangerous and threatening ravines, through a valley. According to Robinson, the valley that David is speaking of was “a chasm among the hills – a deep, abrupt faintly-lighted ravine with steep jagged sides and a narrow floor” So the “valley,” with all of its threats of danger, is actually part of the Shepherd’s plan? Are you kidding me?

Nope, actually I’m not. Please, join me Monday for an amazing explanation for that last little statement. Don’t forget tomorrow is our Power Friday. You won’t want to miss our power thought.



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One Response to “Think like a Sheep-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    AAAAHHHH, excellent illustration and so important for all of us to remember. At times that valley seems mighty long, but the Shepherd knows we are victorious! Amen