HE GATHERS EVERY TEARDROP
REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCE
REGARDLESS OF THE FEAR
REGARDLESS OF THE PAIN WE BEAR;
REGARDLESS OF THE TEAR
OUR GOD IS EVER IN CONTROL PERFORMING AS HE SHOULD
AND HE HAS PROMISED IN HIS WORD TO WORK THINGS FOR OUR GOOD
BUT AS A LOVING FATHER WOULD, HE SOMETIMES LETS US CRY
YOU CLEANSE THE HURT OUT OF OUR HEART TO WASH IT FROM OUR EYE
YET GENTLY GATHERS HE THE TEARS WITHIN HIS HANDS TO STAY
UNTIL HE TURNS THEM INTO PEARLS
AND GIVES THEM BACK SOMEDAY
PUT THOU MY TEARS INTO THY BOTTLE. ARE THEY NOT IN THY BOOK?
HERE WE SAY THE LAST RITES OF THE LIVING TO THE DEPARTED
EARTH TO EARTH, ASHES TO ASHES, DUST TO DUST
IN COMMITTING THESE ASHES TO THE GRAVE THE DUST RETURNS TO EARTH JUST AS IT WAS
THE SPIRIT HAS GONE TO GOD WHO GAVE IT.
I HEARD A VOICE FROM HEAVEN SAYING BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHICH
DIE IN THE LORD. FROM HENCE FORTH YEA SAITH THE SPIRIT THAT THEY
MAY REST FROM THEIR LABORS, FOR THEIR WORKS DO FOLLOW WITH
THEM, FOR THEY THAT SLEEP IN JESUS SHALL GOD BRING WITH HIM AND
OVER SUCH THE SECOND DEATH HAS NO POWER
AND NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH PASSETH ALL
KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS
THE LORD BLESS AND KEEP YOU
THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU
AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU
THE LORD LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU
AND GIVE YOU PEACE
Today I would like to look at a verse of scripture that everybody knows, but I feel not too many understand.
Psalm 23:1 “THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT.”
If the Lord is our shepherd then we must be his sheep. Sheep are funny animals needing constant care. They need someone to watch out for them as they are like a two-year-old at a mud puddle. They have to jump in because it is there.
Did you know that there are different kinds of sheep personalities?
- One: The solitary sheep. This sheep always strays from the flock and refuses to eat with it. He is a loner.
- Two: The hermit sheep. Very similar to the solitary sheep, he stays away for different reasons. He refuses to be sheared even though it is good to be sheared.
- Three: The wandering sheep. This sheep will just wander away. He sees a patch of grass up the hill and off he goes. He just wanders around in a daze for no reason.
- Four: The cast sheep. A cast sheep is a pathetic sight. He is the worst one for getting himself into trouble. He will lie on his side in the damp grass and slide into a gully and then he kicks and screams because being on his back, he cannot turn over to get out. Without the shepherd’s help, he will die there. This sheep needs constant care.
Can you see yourself as one of the sheep?
People and sheep are fickle; you have them for a while, then they see something better, off they go.
Let’s look at the second half of verse one. “I shall not want.”
The Lord is our shepherd and makes no mistake, we are His sheep. He is there for us 24/7.
He will meet our needs as He promised He would. He knows our thoughts before we think them. He will meet our needs, not what we want because we as sheep only think we know what we want. Our wants and our needs are totally different.
We need Jesus in our lives. We need Him to take care of us. We were born in His image and, like sheep fail miserably. We need His constant care.
Today do you believe in Jesus? Is He caring for you and meeting your needs? If not, ask Him to come into your life and forgive you of your sins, and rebuild your life, and make you a new person. Jesus accepts everybody regardless of where you are at in your life. Accept Him today!
Rev. Edward Bull