In his book, The Good Shepherd, Alan Carr tells a true story of two men who were asked to recite the 23rd Psalm in front of a large class. One was a published speaker, trained in drama and professional speech techniques. He repeated the Psalm in dramatic and powerful fashion. When he finished, the audience cheered and asked for an encore in order to hear him speak again.
Then the other man – much older, meek and mild, repeated the same words – “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” he started. When he finished, no sound came from the group. Instead, the people sat in quiet devotion and prayer.
Then the first man, stood to his feet again and said, “I have a confession to make. The difference between what you have just heard from our friend, and what you heard from me is this – I know the Psalm, but he knows the Shepherd.”
What a huge difference there is between knowing the Psalm and knowing the Shepherd. Every day as I sit down to bring you a small slice of Scripture, it is my hope to not only teach you God’s Word, but that you may come to know its Author. To know Him – not just know about Him. Time in His Word is a great place to start. –Dave
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want (Psalm 23:1).
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