Hello friends! This is going to be a great weekend to be at church! Okay, every weekend is a great weekend to be at church, but this weekend we are observing the Lord's Supper. As we prepare our hearts for and minds to remember the sacrifice of our Lord, the choir and orchestra will be singing a rendition of Psalm 23. You may wonder what in the world Psalm 23 has to do with the body and blood of Christ. Well, you've come to the right place! Let's dissect this simple poem of David and direct our hearts to the cross today.
The first three verses of Psalm 23 describe the actions of a good shepherd, he provides for us, he directs us to peaceful places, he shows us where to quench our thirst, and he leads us down right paths. In John 10 Jesus describes Himself as the good shepherd. He speaks of "laying His life down for the sheep" (10:11). This good shepherd cares deeply for His sheep. He protects them. He makes sure they are fed, watered. He guards them from the wolves that would seek to devour them (10:10). This shepherd would demonstrate at the table in that upper room that He would indeed lay His life down for His sheep. He would offer His blood and body as a perfect sacrifice for all those that would call on His Name. The sheep know the shepherd's voice.
If you listen closely you can almost hear Jesus speaking of Himself in these next 3 verses. Knowing what His future held, the valley of the shadow death, Jesus is having a meal with His friends in an upper room in the city. He poured the wine and told them, "This cup that is poured out for you is the New Covenant of my blood… (Luke 22:20). He broke the bread and said, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:19). The cup of the blood of Christ was filled to overflowing for the church. Our cups are filled with forgiveness and salvation at the sacrifice of Christ for His sheep. As Jesus could be completely assured that when He spoke His last words on that cross, He would be in the presence of God forever, so can the believer know that our destiny is in the "house of the Lord forever" (Psalm 23:6), that our shepherd has prepared for us in advance.
Let's not forget that Psalm 23 follows Psalm 22, which is considered by most as a messianic description of Christ on the cross. These two psalms together paint a vivid picture of what our Lord endured in those last days, as well as His quiet confidence as the Shepherd laying down His life for His sheep. Don't miss the Lord's Supper this weekend. Come and remember what our Shepherd has done for us.
Check out Psalm 23 here.
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