God is always our Good Shepherd

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Psalm 80

      Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,

you who lead Joseph like a flock.

        You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.

          Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,

        stir up your might

and come to save us!

      Restore us, O God;

let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Jesus Christ called himself the Good Shepherd.  The Psalmist knew God as his Shepherd.  God, the Good Shepherd, is always leading his people with carefulness and with his steadfast love.  From the family of Jacob, a dysfunctional family by any definition, God shepherded Joseph from the favorite son to the slave of Pharaoh, to the head prisoner, to the vizier of Egypt so that Joseph could prepare the way for God to save His nation.  Only God can prepare a path like this. 

God is still shepherding His people; Jesus is our Good Shepherd.  Psalm 23 so carefully lays out our Shepherd’s care in guiding, providing, and protecting us. 

Even so, there are times we feel a need to cry out to God more.  There are times when we will seek His face with greater fervency and desperation.  This is one of those times.  While nations are reopening, Covid is still here.  It will be like malaria, influenza, polio, and AIDS; we will know it is here and try to live with it.  However, since Covid has so many unknowns our fear level is high.  We need to seek God’s face with a greater fervency. 

We agree with the Psalmist, “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” 

Here at JIBC, we are thankful that we can have public services again.  We are also thankful that God has protected us so far.  We are thankful for the many Zoom groups that are meeting together for study, counsel, prayer, and encouragement.  Furthermore, we are seeking the shine of God’s face upon us to know His leading for us. 

Today I need to ask your prayers for my parents.  For 2 ½ years they lived with me. When I left the US, we found a place for them not far from my brother’s house.  For eight months or so they lived there until dad’s physical condition required more care and my sister decided to take them into her home in Pennsylvania.  After fourteen months with her both of my parent’s health has become quite fragile and in need of more nursing care than my sister can provide.  On Monday dad and mom will be moving into a nursing home near Philadelphia.  Because of Covid my sister cannot go in with them to help them set up and get moved in, they can only bring them to the door and say goodbye.  Dad and mom are people of great faith, they really are, and yet this transition is going to be difficult.  Pray for their well being on every level as God shepherds them again. 

Have a great day in the Lord,


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