Words from the Heart for Thursday July 6th, 2017
Then he led out his people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
Psalm 78:52 (NRSV)
He Led His People Out
The Lord so graciously led His people out of Egypt into their promised land. He was like that Shepherd taking total care of His people. We have a good Shepherd, too! Allow Him to lead you. Allow Him to guide you. Thank Him for His tender care!
The Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition is the leader of Official Opposition: the party possessing the most seats in the House of Commons but is not the governing party or part of the governing coalition. The Leader of the Opposition is entitled to the same levels of pay and protection as a Cabinet minister. He or she is entitled to reside at the official residence of Stornoway and ranks fourteenth on the Order of Precedence, after Cabinet ministers and before lieutenant governors of the provinces. In the House of Commons seating plan, the Leader of the Opposition sits directly across from the Prime Minster. In an interesting bit of Canadian trivia, only two Opposition Leaders have died in office – Wilfred Laurier in 1919 and Jack Layton in 2011.
Most people don’t like being considered as sheep. While sheep are cute, and popular at petting zoos, they are not the brightest animals on the farm and are in need of a shepherd to care for them in order to have their basic needs met. There is no doubt that human beings are far more intelligent than sheep, and most people can take care of their own basic needs. But this is not the case in the spiritual realm. The greatest need of the human heart is a relationship with our Creator, whom the Bible often compares to our shepherd. Psalm 23 is the classic example of this, and paints a beautiful picture of God’s loving, caring shepherd leadership in the lives of his people. King David speaks of God leading him to find the spiritual sustenance and peace that every human being longs for. The point is reiterated in Psalm 78:52 that says “Then he led out his people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.” Asaph, the author of this Psalm, is remembering God’s leading the people of Israel out of Egypt. For decades, the people of Israel had lived as slaves in Egypt. They needed a shepherd to lead them out of Egypt, and God was that Shepherd. It was a blessing for the people of Israel, for whom God provided all of their needs. He does in our lives as well. In what way do you need the Shepherd Lord to lead you today?
These have been words from the heart.