God loves us


Saturday Reflection


13th March 2021

...I lack nothing...

A psalm of David.

1  The Lord is my shepherd,
   I lack nothing.

2  He makes me lie down
   in green pastures,
   he leads me beside quiet waters,

3   he refreshes my soul.
   He guides me along the right paths
   for his name's sake.

4  Even though I walk through
   the darkest valley,
   I will fear no evil,
   for you are with me;
   your rod and your staff,
   they comfort me.

5  You prepare a table before me
   in the presence of my enemies.
   You anoint my head with oil;
   my cup overflows.

6  Surely your goodness and love
   will follow me all the days
   of my life,
   and I will dwell in the house
   of the Lord forever.

....Psalm 23

High on the moors
in the Welsh highlands,
two ministers met a young shepherd boy
who had impaired hearing
and was illiterate.

They explained that Jesus wanted
to be his shepherd who
would always look after him
as the boy looked after his sheep.
They taught him to repeat the words,
'The Lord is my shepherd.'

Using the fingers and thumb
of his right hand,
starting with his thumb
and using a finger for each word.
They told him to pause
at the fourth word 'my'
and remember,
'this psalm was meant for me.'

Some years later one of the ministers
was passing through the same village
and asked after the shepherd boy.
He was told that the previous winter
there had been a terrible snow storm
and the boy had died,
buried in a snow drift.
'One thing we couldn't understand,
the villager went on,
'when he was found he was holding
the fourth finger of his right hand.'

This story illustrates the nature
of God's personal love for
each one of us.
St Paul wrote,

'the Son of God,
who loved me and
gave himself for me.

....Galatians 2:20b

19  And my God will meet
   all your needs according to
   the riches of his glory
   in Christ Jesus.

...Philippians 4:19

God loves us.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'The Lord's my shepherd.'
sung by Stoneleigh Worship Band
via the link shown below.