Our scripture this morning is ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭28:6-9‬.

Blessed be the Lord, Because He has heard the voice of my supplication. The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him. The Lord is their strength, And He is a saving defense to His anointed. Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.

This psalm passage teaches many truths in a few verses. The familiar words “The Lord is my strength and shield” remind us God is there to protect us. The psalmist asks Him to “Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever”. It is this image that we apply to Jesus as our Good Shepherd, caring and guiding us.

The phrase “my heart trusts in Him and I am helped” tells us how important this relationship is to our lives. Unless we put our trust in the Lord, we are lost! God wants to be part of everything we do, but it is up to us to choose this connection.

God is always there and always ready to forgive us when we fall, and raise us back to a full relationship with Him. All we need to do is approach Him with repentance and accept the grace He offers us. God has a plan for each one of us, and we become part of the work of the kingdom when we say yes to His call.

Gracious God, we are humbled that You want to include us in Your continuing creation. Bless us to be the heralds of Christ, carrying the Good News everywhere. Amen.

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