VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 16TH OF AUGUST 2015

THEME FOR THE MONTH: The Shepherd
TODAY’S TOPIC: Green Pastures
KEY TEXT: Ps. 23:1-5
KEY VERSE: Ps. 23:1
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want”

INTRODUCTION
We already studied a little about the shepherd last week. Thank God for all the things we learned. It is important that Christians see the place and value of God in all that they do. Little wonder why God directed us to this text in the Psalms. To any Christian, it should always be ABOUT GOD and no other person. We shall begin the lessons in this month by looking at the places that describe God’s shepherd qualities.

Today, we shall we considering…

GREEN PASTURES
What does the colour green symbolize? It stands for fruitfulness, life, and activity.
Whenever you hear about the colour green, nature comes to mind. The word pastures talk about herbs and vegetables. It talks about trees and grasses.

So what is God trying to let us see here?

When we call the LORD our shepherd, we are putting Him in a position where He constantly cares for us. He makes our leaves constantly green (Ps. 1:3; Ps. 92:14). Let us note that the Scriptures said He makes us to lie down…

1. This actually depicts humility.
God is the one that “humbles” us with satisfaction. We are talking about that point in your Christian walk with God when you “heights” and “depths” are more reasons to trust God more. Our Shepherd continues to exalt only those who are humble. God Himself brings us a little lower to look at the tiny details.
(Isaiah 57:15; James 4:6)

2. This is also a show of the Shepherd’s full control over the sheep.
It is a show of the ever-dominant, yet sometimes-unpredictable nature of the Shepherd towards the sheep. Why would God choose a time of fruitfulness and comfort as one of such times to humble us? The sheep never questions the shepherd. We must see every situation around us as secondary compelled to God’s demands. Because the sheep will never know any better than the shepherd, sometimes God “makes” us whether we expect it or not.
(Job 13:15; Rom. 8:38-39; Job 23:10)

theTASK:
Study the book of Psalms 23:1-5

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for giving us His word.
2. Ask for the eyes that allow you to see God as your shepherd.
3. Pray as led for the leadership of COD.
4. Pray for any member of COD that you have not seen around for over two weeks.
5. Pray for your family.
6. Bless your week.

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