“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates” (Deut. 6:4-9). Those are the words and commandment of God that we keep His words and hide them in our hearts that we may not sin against Him (Ps. 110:11) and to teach our children and our children’s children about our Father who sent His son Jesus as the good Shepherd to take care of His sheep (children).
God wants us to serve Him with all of our hearts, not a piece but all. Joshua set a standard by stating, “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh.24:15). How many of us as believers are setting this standard or making this declaration in our homes that as for me and my house we will serve the Lord?
Prov. 22:6 admonishes us parents to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This is what Joshua meant when he declared that “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” The children may stray, but because of the Word of God, the seed being planted in them from a babe, they shall return to the house of the Lord. So no matter what it looks like or seems to be with our seed, God declares us righteous. Ps. 112:1-2 says, “…Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.” Another translation puts it like this, “the seed of the righteous is blessed and shall be delivered.” Praise be unto God who has given us the victory through His Son Jesus, who came as the good Shepherd and cares for His sheep/children. All that is required of us is that we love the Lord with all our hearts, not for material things or what He can do for us, but for who He is; Our Creator, our Lord, our Saviour who loves us with an everlasting, unconditional love.
The word of God in Ps.1:1-2 reads, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord…” God wants us to delight ourselves in Him; take refuge in Him; Trust in Him for all things, not some things. Philippians 4:19 declares, “…my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” He wants to be our dwelling place where we can hide, live at home with Him. He promised that if we dwell in Him, He will protect us and no evil or plague shall come nigh our dwelling and not just us but everything attached to us such as our families will also be protected.
Remember the 23rd Psalm? This particular chapter speaks of the good Shepherd (Jesus Christ). As a sheep follows the authoritative voice of their Shepherd and are led to shelter and to safety, so we too are to recognize the voice of God and follow Him. We can follow Him with a confidence that allows us to say, “I shall not want,” just as a sheep trusts its shepherd. We know that God, as our Shepherd, holds our tomorrow. It is the Shepherd that will be able to meet any emergency that comes up in our lives.
Therefore, we are comforted by these words that were written by Paul found in Eph.3:20, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think...” Hence, we need not worry whether or not we will survive the journey through the valley of the shadow of death for our Shepherd goes before us to clear the way, thus we can be assured of the protection of His strength. This is the victory that overcomes the world and God’s power is at our disposal people of God.
I am convinced that God enables men through their religious convictions to outlive, out give, and even meet death as a victory. We hear the Psalmist echo a mighty crescendo of faith that becomes ever so clear to the Christians who remember the Word of Him who said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die…”(John 11:25-26). Jesus is the Good Shepherd who cares for the sheep. Jesus saith…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).”Rejoice and make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” (Ps.100:2-3).
Let us Pray: Dear Father God, we thank you for being a good Shepherd to us. We know that you care for us and that you love us with an everlasting unconditional love. Help us, through the aid of the Holy Spirit, to keep all of your commandments and to walk before you with clean hands and pure hearts, in Jesus’ name, Amen.