The Home of the Sheep

Tim Trumper

READ : Psalm 23 And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6b NKJV) Recently I became a first-time homeowner. No more dead money (rent); no more living out of boxes! Yet this home too is temporary. The Lord’s house is my permanent residence. Like sheep we can experience here and now seasons in the Lord’s nearer presence. Unlike sheep, however, we don’t end our days in the slaughterhouse or rotting in the open field. The …

The Confidence of the Sheep

Tim Trumper

READ : Psalm 23 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. (Psalm 23:6a NKJV) “Dogs are man’s best friend,” so the saying goes. I’ve been blessed by a number of them: Lucy, Gelert, Coco, Beau, Kellem, and, currently, Worcester (eight months old today!). These dogs have all been great friends to me, but better yet are the psalmist’s “Goodness” and “Mercy.” They’re the Lord’s two sheep dogs bringing up the rear of his flock. …

The Support of the Sheep

Tim Trumper

READ : Psalm 23 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. (Psalm 23:5a NKJV) Sheep have plenty of enemies. There are the flies and insects beneath, the parasites that burrow within, wolves prowling around, and vultures and buzzards circling above! In the days prior to insecticides shepherds would protect their sheep by making them eat from tables. Some commentators understand the tables to be high plateaus of green grass. Others refer to the eastern practice …