Our scripture lesson this week is a familiar psalm that is often used at funeral services when sadly its message comes too late for at least one person at the service. Of course, I am talking about Psalm 23. In the course of just six verses, this Psalm reveals much about the nature of God, and his amazing love and care for each of us, broken, hurting and imperfect though we may be.
Often, when we think of Biblical figures there is always a danger that we see them as so spiritual, so excellent, so superhuman, that we think we could never be like that. In fact, King David, the author of Psalm 23 is often viewed as a spiritual giant because of the profound spiritual insights that are to be found within it.
But David was far from perfect. He was a broken man who suffered from considerable imperfections. He committed adultery, and then he arranged for the woman’s husband to be killed in battle in order to cover up his sin.
David was an ordinary man subject to the same failings that many of us know all too well. But David overcame his failings and his past, and became an extraordinary man as a result of his relationship with the Good Shepherd.
This week, we will be digging into Psalm 23, not just to discover the insights it offers about the nature of God, but to also help each of us understand how with the guidance of the Good Shepherd, we can move from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
You see, if you think that you could never be like King David, you are wrong. We are like him more than we know. And yet, God has a desire to lead each of us to be the person we were created to be if we will let Him. After all, it is not too late.
~ Pastor Terry