Song #6: Psalm 23/ Just How Good

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Song starts at 16:22

Oh Lord, You are my Shepherd and I will lack no good thing
You make me lie down in your green pastures
You give me water to drink
You lead me gently and your staff comforts me, it comforts me...

You prepare a table before me so my enemies see
You want this hungry world, this lonely world to see
Just how good life can be.
My head's anointed and my cup overflows, it overflows...

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Even there, I'll fear no evil
Your rod and your staff comfort me, they comfort me
You're all I need

Surely goodness and love will follow me
All the days of my, all the days of my life
Surely Goodness and love will follow me
All the days of my, all the days of my life

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever and ever and ever and ever

© Elisabeth Kitzing, Featherhead Media, Sweden All rights reserved.

Think about this:
Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd that came in order to lay down his life as a sacrifice for the sheep. He also called himself the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. How can he be both?

In Israel they would sacrifice a spotless lamb to pay for their sins on a regular basis. ("Sins" are our bad attitudes and bad actions.) Usually the shepherd would choose a perfect lamb from his flock and bring it to the priest who would then kill the lamb before God in payment for the shepherd's sin.

Jesus was both the perfect sacrificial lamb, the Shepherd, the High Priest and at the same time.

The Lamb:
Jesus lived a totally perfect life. That is why his death on the cross was sufficient to pay for all of our sin. He died once and for all - the perfect sacrificial lamb.

The Priest
God offered himself, Jesus, in order that we, the sheep don't have to be sacrificed anymore in order to pay for our sin.

If you read about the story about how Abraham acted in obedience and faith when he almost offered his own son. In the last second, God provided a substitute ram as a sacrifice. And Abraham offered it instead.

It was a picture of what God himself was going to do and did much later- he provided a sacrifice (Jesus on the cross) to pay for your sin and my sin.

The Shepherd:
He sees us as lambs in his care. He doesn't have to pick one of us out of the flock every now and then to sacrifice us for his sin. Jesus is God and perfect. He was the one time fix for mankind's sin problem.

So, we don't have to fear death anymore. We hang out with him, eat green grass, lay by the water and get rest.

The Christian Life
The life God offers through Jesus Christ is a life of rest and peace. Just like hanging out in those green pastures.

This song was recorded in my living room after hours so I whispered as I sang. This song will be released with full power, with background music and great sound quality on my upcoming album Change My Mind. You can hear an early version of that recording here at the 3:15 minute mark of this video:

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