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Sheep Faith (6 of 6)
Series: Sheep Faith
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Faith in God must be more than a feeling about God, feeling faith is rooted on the moment and emotion. So faith must be more than motion, emotion, and co-motion. The faith of the sheep or Sheep Faith must be rooted in that which centers upon the Shepherd. Sheep Faith is not rooted in rituals but relationship, not in creeds but commitment, not in denomination but discipleship. Sheep Faith begins with reverence that leads to recognition that rests in the Shepherd (verse 1). Sheep Faith built on that foundation will find contentment in the flock and confidence in the Shepherd (verse 2). The sheep whose faith is being nurtured upon these tenants will discover that the Shepherd will rescue the sheep and restore the sheep when it is downcast. Sheep Faith that is rooted deep matures into Even Though Faith that helps the sheep walk through the valley with hope and assurance. The Psalmist has anchored his thoughts primarily upon the sheep and sheep countenance. But in verse 5 David makes a profound statement about the love of the Shepherd and the comfort that the Shepherd provides for the Sheep. But now in verse six, David places the spiritual capsule by proclaiming surely goodness and mercy shall follow.
This verse begins with a word that immediately grabs our attention. In many ways it is a biblical exclamation word. David opened this Psalm with a Declaration (Affirmation) of faith, the Lord is my Shepherd. But he closes the Psalm with a Determination (Assurance) of that faith. He opens verbalizing who God is to him; he closes victoriously saying what God is going to do for him. David wrote this Psalm as he did many others out of his life experiences. He was a shepherd, he spent many days in the green pastures, going through the valleys, restoring and rescuing. But he also wro ...
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