There was once a Shakespearean actor who was know far and wide for his one-man show of readings and recitations from the classics. He would always end his performance with a dramatic reading of the Twenty-third Psalm Each night, without exception, as the actor began his recitation–The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want–the crowd would listen attentively. And then, at the conclusion of the psalm, they would rise in thunderous applause in appreciation of the actor’s incredible ability to bring the verse to life.
But one night, just before the actor was to offer his customary recital of Psalm Twenty-three, a young man from the audience spoke up “Sir, do you mind if tonight I recite the Twenty-third Psalm?”
The actor was quite taken back by this unusual request, but he allowed the young man to come forward and stand front and center on the stage to re cite the psalm, knowing that the ability of this unskilled youth would be no match for his talent.
With a soft voice, the young man began to recite the words of the Psalm. When he finished, there was no applause. There was no standing ovation as on other nights. All that could be heard was the sound of weeping. The audience had been so moved by the young man’s recitation, that e very eye was full of tears
Amazed by what he heard, the actor said to the youth, “I don’t understand. I have been performing the Twenty-third Psalm for years. I have a lifetime of experience and training–but I have never been able to move an audience as you have tonight. Tell me, what is your secret?”
The young man humbly replied, “Well sir, you know the psalm…but I know the Shepherd.”
A great punch line Marie and very True, to know The Shepard is to know real Peace, Joy and Hope, to know of Him has No eternal value, unless it causes us to seek to know Him personally.
How thankful we are for The Rod or The Holy Spirit, He is our comforter and for His Staff or God’s Truth, it teaches and guides us into the fullness of knowing Him. A good message, thank you so much for sharing it.
Our Holidays are nearly over Marie but they were not as we planned, apart from interruptions we have had a lot of rain, almost flooding, we have been warned more than once in the past that it could happen again as it did a few years ago. We hope to spend time again in May, enjoying more of the beauty around us but I have caught up with a lot of backlog with having to stay home, there is still more but other commitments have to come first.
See you soon, Christian Love in Unity with Jesus our Spiritual Husband – Anne.
I’m so sorry your Holidays did not work out. From my personal experience stay home time is just what I needed anyway.
I like your new closing. Marie
The last sentence says it all. It’s one thing to know what the Bible says; it’s quite another to know the Author personally!
That personal relationship allows all of us a spiritual relationship that can be sensed even through the internet. Blessings to you and yours! Marie
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