The Lord Is My Shepherd
By Glen Archer
September 1, 2011
The Lord Is My Shepherd: He Leads Me in Paths of Righteousness for His Name's Sake. -Psalm 23:3
He found me weary, and wounded, and wandering. When He passed by and saw me polluted in my own blood, He said unto me, "Live." (Ezekiel 16:5-6) He sought the sheep which had gone astray. I lay there dead in trespasses and sins. (Ephesians 2:1) I had sinned and had come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) I had not attained unto His purpose. I had fallen far short of His goal.
I became the object of His pity. I was the object of His love. At great jeopardy to Himself He left the comfort of His Father's presence to come into a world which would despise and reject Him, a world that would nail him to a tree; He came to seek and to save that which was lost. He endured the cross: He despised the shame. Yet He would come. Other sheep He must bring. Other sheep must hear His voice. (John 10:16) All that the Father gives Him must come. (John 6:37)
He would lead me out of this morass. He would guide me safely home, but in order to do this He must Himself become the way. There is no other way but this. There is salvation in no other. There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
As He climbed Golgotha's hill, He bore our grief; He carried our sorrow. As He hung there on Calvary, He was stricken with the stripes we deserve; He was wounded for our transgressions; He was smitten of God and afflicted. It is by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5) Our sins were laid upon Him and He bore the blame of it all. He said Father, "Blame Me." I take the place of all who will believe. I die in their place; I die in their stead.
I have heard the joyful sound, "Jesus Saves, Jesus Saves." I want to shout the tidings all around, "Jesus Saves, Jesus Saves." He is leading us gently home. He found us in our sins and is leading us to His Father's house above. To Him be all the honor, all the glory, and the praise of it all.
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