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I Have Gone Astray Like a Lost Sheep

February 23, 2016

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I Have Gone Astray  Like a Lost Sheep

If we’re honest  with ourselves,  we will ashamedly admit  that we are sinners  —  no one follows  God’s commandments perfectly.     Jesus is the only person  who lived a sinless life  —  but He was God and man  at the same time.     The rest  of us are born  in sin  —  sin every day  —  and are always  in need  of forgiveness.

As we read through the longest Psalm  in the Bible,  Psalm 119,  the writer talks about  how he loves God’s words  and follows God’s commandments  because they are so good.     In spite  of his love  for God’s ways,  he realizes  that he is still a sinner,  so the last verse  of his psalm,  verse 176 says,

I have gone astray  like a lost sheep;  seek Your servant,
For I do not forget  Your commandments.

We have all  “gone astray  like a lost sheep”.     As a sheep  gets busy grazing,  they easily wander away.     As we get busy  with life,  we easily  start doing things  like the world.     Then we get trapped  in the sinful ways  of this world.     We forget  to pay attention  to God’s word,  as we’re busy making a living.

That is a very unsafe thing to do.     One sin leads  to another  and pretty soon  we are  “lost”  —  so far away  from our LORD and Savior.     The psalmist prayed,  “seek  Your servant”.     We,  too,  need to pray  that God would “seek” for us  and find us.     We need  our Savior’s guidance  every day  of our lives.     We can’t live safely  in this world,  unless we stay close  to the Good Shepherd,  Christ Jesus.

Like the psalmist,  we can say,  “I do not forget  Your commandments”.     We have not forgotten how God wants us  to live.     But, we do have to make ourselves  remember  that following God’s word  is much more important  than any earthly desire  that might come our way.

As lost sheep  are so relieved  to see their Good Shepherd,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank you  for faithfully seeking us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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