10/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
We’ve begun a study of the life of David who we first encounter as a shepherd boy caring for his father’s sheep in the fields outside of the village of Bethlehem. It was there that he began to develop what God would later describe a heart for God, or being ‘a man after God’s own heart,’ a heart of devotion to the God of Israel.
David would become God’s choice to shepherd His people as the king of Israel, but he never lost sight of the fact that God was his shepherd, and as one of God’s sheep his heart was devoted to his Shepherd…the One in whom He found provision, peace, purpose, protection and promise.
When we get to know God as our Shepherd it makes all the difference in the world. Our devotion to Him that is a response to His devotion to us will result in contentment. And that is the theme of Psalm 23, which begins, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” Now that’s a statement of contentment!
It is not the same as comfort and ease, but it is a mind-set, an attitude of choice about how we experience life. The Psalmist goes on to express five reasons for contentment that can be your experience, too!
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