Nomadic Sheep and a Faithful Shepherd
The twenty-third psalm portrays life as a pilgrimage, and in the final verse (6) the psalmist rightly comes to life’s goal, which is God’s house. Life can feel nomadic can't it? Sure we have a place we call home, but we all long for something more. Not necessarily bigger, but something more stable. No need of another addition, updating fixtures, remodeling kitchens, replacing shingles, repairing water heaters. Something permanent. Something lasting. Something restoring and refreshing. That's within all of us. Our first parents had it and lost it and we've all been chasing Eden ever since that fateful day in Genesis 3.
Here is the proverbial heel click Dorthy hoped for. Here we find something better than the lottery, something more lucrative than immortality. We find a home. You don't want for something to move the bus or toss the keys. The journey is over and our dwelling is complete, not your work not mine...The work of the shepherd. He's prepared it now you occupy it. No more wandering. No fear, friction, flies, or famine...just home. Both sides of the pillow are cool and electric bills are already paid.
Oh what joy is ours when we realize this Psalm has been teaching us about the Good Shepherd all along. This Psalm isn't simply hope for the perished, it's nourishment for the hungry, strength for the weary, and sight for the blind. This Psalm from the first word to the last is about 1 person and 1 person only – Jesus, Our Good Shepherd.
John 14:1-2 - “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
Jesus has not left you and has not forgotten you. In fact, he's working on our behalf right now. That's what Good Shepherds do. They care for the sheep even when the sheep aren't aware of it or are even questioning it.
This blog post corresponds with the sermon "Our Good Shepherd," from Pastor Jacob Atchley on August 6, 2017