Sep 20, 2015 - Rev Matt Tuggle
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Yesterday was such a beautiful morning of worship with you all! We love hearing the buzz of chatter as you all welcome and meet one another, and we love the community forming in The Chapel! We hope to see you there again this week as we look at what to do when you’re in the eye of the storm.
Recap- Hello Hurricane: Red Skies
There is no telling when they might show up, but there is always the possibility of storms on the horizon. We can do our best to get ready for them, but the truth is that some tragedies are beyond our preparation. How do we prepare for what we can’t prepare for?
Over the next few weeks, we will be studying Psalm 23. Yesterday morning we specifically took a look at the first few lines:
The Lord is my shepherd.
Here is what we can know about shepherds and sheep: Shepherds are taller (can see further) and wiser than sheep who are short (with limited sight) and a little stupid. The first line in Psalm 23 declares that the Lord is our shepherd; he is able to see more than we can and he knows more than we can fathom.
I shall not want.
The Hebrew word for this is chaser which means to lack something. So the sentence would more accurately read: I shall not lack. It’s not that we will never desire anything again, but that we will not lack what we need.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
When we think of green pastures, we think of blue skies and great big meadows or fields of grass. That’s not how it worked. For a shepherd to lead a sheep to “green pastures” meant that he would find a few little tufts of green in an otherwise desert area and lead the sheep to them.
When we read 'The Lord is my shepherd', a lot of times the image we really think of is more like 'The Lord is my farmer.' We tend to read that first line of Psalm 23 as a promise to be provided for for life. Thats not exactly the case. The shepherd isn’t leading us to fields or stock piling enough goods for the winter. The shepherd is making sure we get fed today.
We can’t know what life will throw at us, and we can’t prepare for all of it. But we can make this sentence a truth in our lives:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
We can pray for the things that are out of our control and ask the Lord to lead us to those daily green patches. We can pray these three things:
-I know you can see things I cannot see.
-I know you know things I cannot know.
Tuesday: Psalm 23:1-6
Wednesday: 1 Kings 19:1-10
Thursday: 1 Kings 19:11-18
Friday: 1 Kings 19:19-21