Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (NRSV)

II Samuel 7:18-22 (NRSV)

Galatians 3:29-4:7 (NRSV)

 

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,…Stir up your might, and come to save us! Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. (Ps. 80:1-3).

Times are difficult for Israel, as the Northern Tribes have been defeated by a foreign power, Assyria.  They had forgotten and forsaken the Lord their God.  But now, they cry out to God, remembering that the Lord is the true Shepherd, asking God to save them. 

Much earlier in their history as God’s people there was a time when David had become King and everything was going well.  So well that David had built himself a kings house.   After building his own house, David tells the prophet Nathan about his plans to build a house or temple for God.  Nathan is all for it as you would expect, but God is not.  The Lord informs Nathan that He needs no house to live in but he will make David’s house or reign great.  When David hears the news that God has other plans David prays thanking God for everything the Lord has done for him. And in this prayer he acknowledges the greatness of God.  “Therefore you are great, O Lord God; for there is no one like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”

It is true, “there is no one like [our God], and there is no God besides” the one true God who is our Shepherd, the Good Shepherd.  We are reminded of God’s goodness, greatness, and graciousness in Galatians for the Lord has sent us his Son to redeem us.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. (Galatians 4:4-5)

Called out and claimed by Jesus we become part of God’s family as his children.  This is in and through the Lord Jesus, our Redeemer.

Celebrate the goodness, greatness, and graciousness of God our Shepherd and Redeemer today and every day! Amen and Amen!         There is no one like our God!  Here’s a song to celebrate- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbsRIcihwcE