Our Daily Bread Devotional

Our Daily Bread || 29 July 2022 || ODB Devotional Today

Our Daily Bread || 29 July 2022 || ODB Devotional Today

Our Daily Bread || 29 July 2022 || ODB Devotional Today

Our Daily Bread || 29 July 2022 || ODB Devotional Today

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Our Daily Bread 29th July 2022 Devotional For Today, Friday: Message Written By Patricia Raybon (Our Daily Bread Ministries) || ODB  Daily Reading Now 

TOPIC Followed by God’s Goodness

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Psalm 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd

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23 A Psalm of David.

 1  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 2  He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.1

 3  He restores my soul He hleads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

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 4  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Our Daily Bread 29th July 2022 Devotional || ODB Today

 5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you ranoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

 6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall tdwell6 in the house of the Lord forever.

KEY VERSE: Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6

BIBLE IN A YEAR: Psalms 49–50; Romans 1

ODB FOR TODAY’S INSIGHT: In Psalm 23, the psalmist David referred to God as his shepherd and by implication to himself as a sheep (v. 1). This wasn’t unusual. There are other references to this analogy between a deity and its followers in ancient Middle Eastern cultures. In ancient thought, a king was a shepherd. God as shepherd to His people is a familiar idea throughout the Bible beginning in Genesis, where Jacob called God “the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel” (49:24).

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Our Daily Bread 29th July 2022 Devotional || ODB Today

In Psalm 28, David entreated God to “be [the people’s] shepherd and carry them forever” (v. 9). And the psalmist Asaph referred to God as the “Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock” (80:1). Other Old Testament references to God as a shepherd include Ecclesiastes 12:11Isaiah 40:11Micah 7:14; and Zechariah 13:7. In the New Testament, Jesus spoke of Himself as “the good shepherd [who] lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).

OUR DAILY BREAD || FRIDAY – JULY 29, 2022 – ODB DEVOTIONAL

MESSAGE

At my first job during my high school years, I worked at a women’s clothing store where a female security guard dressed as a shopper followed women she thought might steal the merchandise. Certain people fit profiles of those the store owners thought were suspicious. Others not considered a threat were left alone. I’ve been profiled in stores myself and followed, an interesting experience since I still recognize the tactic.

In sharp contrast, David declared he was followed by a divine blessing—God’s goodness and mercy. These two gifts always stay close, following him not with suspicion but real love.

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The “twin guardian angels,” as evangelist Charles Spurgeon described the pair, follow believers closely during both bleak days and bright. “The dreary days of winter as well as the bright days of summer. Goodness supplies our needs, and mercy blots out our sins.”

Our Daily Bread 29th July 2022 Devotional || ODB Today

As a onetime shepherd, David understood this intentional pairing of goodness and mercy as it’s provided by God. Other things could follow believers—fear, worry, temptation, doubts. But “surely,” David declares with undoubting certainty, God’s kind goodness and loving mercy follow us always.

As David rejoiced, “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6). What an amazing gift to follow us home!

REFLECT: How does being followed by God’s goodness and mercy bless your life? How can you become more aware of this?

PRAY: Dear God, thank You for following me with good intentions and two beautiful blessings, Your goodness and mercy.

Our Daily Bread 29th July 2022 || ODB Today’s Devotional. Our Daily Bread Ministries  (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread.

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