The Reading of Psalm 23
here was once a Shakespearean actor who
was known everywhere for his one-man show of readings and recitations from the classics.
He would always end his performance with a dramatic reading of Psalm 23. 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 23, a young man from the audience spoke up.
"Sir, do you mind, if tonight, I recite Psalm 23?"
The actor was quite taken aback by this unusual
request, but he allowed the young man to come forward and to stand front and center
on the stage to recite the psalm, knowing that the ability of this unskilled youth
would be no match for his own talent.
With a soft voice, the young man began to recite the words of the psalm. When he was 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 every eye was full of tears.
Amazed by what he had heard, the actor said to the youth,
"I don't understand. I have been performing Psalm 23 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."
It's not enough to just know the content of the Bible-- its stories, its sayings, and its teachings. Unless you know the Author, the Bible is nothing more than just another book. But when you put your faith in Jesus Christ, repent of your sins, and confess Jesus as the Son of God, the Bible truly becomes "quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12).
Let God be the Master of your life
in every way.
"It is enough for the disciple that he be as his Master, and the servant as his Lord... Ye call Me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet"
(Matthew 10:25; John 13:13,14).
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