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Sheep Faith (2 of 6)
Series: Sheep Faith
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
God isn’t looking for great people but He is looking for people who will realize the greatness of God. When one realizes the true greatness of God, one can then embrace the goodness of a great God which ultimately leads to another aspect of Sheep Faith. The great theologian preacher, Dr. F. B. Meyer would sign his letters ''Yours to Count On!'' Sheep Faith is the kind of faith where the Shepherd (God) can actually count on the sheep. The Shepherd guarantees that the sheep can count upon Him, and therefore, He would truly like to count on the sheep.
On last week I attempted to unpack Psalm 23:1 and I suggested that the foundation of true faith as God’s sheep begins with Reverence for the Shepherd (The Lord), Recognition of the Shepherd (My Shepherd), and Resting in the Shepherd (Shall not want). Today I want to pick up our thought as we look at verse 2. Phillip Keller wrote a book entitled A Shepherd Look at Psalm 23. Keller served as a pastor but he spent eight years literally tending the four footed creatures of sheep. He actually understood the world of Shepherds and sheep in a literal sense. Keller said, ''That sheep do not lie down easily.'' It is almost impossible for them to be made to lie down (they can not be forced or coerced to lie down) unless some basic needs are met. Sheep will only lie down when they are Fed, Full, Free and Fearless (parasites, etc.).
First, Sheep Must Find Contentment in the Flock!
The faith of the sheep has something to do with the sheep finding contentment in the flock among other sheep and the Shepherd. There was nothing worse according to Keller than a sheep that was discontented. A discontented sheep makes contentment difficult for other sheep. As a believer (sheep), the believer must reach a place of contentment that is transformational in the midst of the uncer ...
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