Friday, July 17, 2015

The Cross, the Crook, and the Crown

July 17

Daily Bible Reading: Psalms 22 – 24

Verse of the Day: Psalm 23:1 – “Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Psalm 23 is perhaps the best-known Psalm. It is frequently read or recited at funerals for comfort. It is the middle of a trilogy of Psalms. It and the prior and following Psalms paint a picture of the Shepherd.

Psalm 22 (the crucifixion Psalm) show the “Good Shepherd” who would lay down His life for His sheep. (Read John 10:11). In Psalm 23 we see the Great Shepherd as referred to in Hebrews 13:20 – 21. David here describes the Great Shepherd in full detail.

Finally, Psalm 24 paints the portrait of the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). We are privileged to see the cross (Psalm 22), the crook (shepherd’s Psalm 23), and the crown (Psalm 24). Spend time today discovering the Shepherd in His fullness.

Prayer: Good, Great, Chief Shepherd, I bow before You and the Majesty of Your name. Jesus, I praise You in all Your fullness. Amen.

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