Monday, August 22, 2011

The Triune God in Psalm 23

Last week we had a married couple and a student join us for dinner and some singing. The student is a young man from Eritrea, a small country that gained its independence from Ethiopia in the early 1990s. Between songs he shared that from ages 6-12 they have a class in school for singing. One of the main goals of the class is for the kids to learn the Eritrean song(s) of independence to mold and strengthen their sense of nationalism. At the end of the year each student has to get up in front of the whole class and sing by himself or herself for 5-10 minutes for a grade!
Pastureland in Friesland

The song we spent the most time on that evening was "The Lord is My Shepherd Forever". He sang a version of it in Tigrinya for us that he grew up singing. It was so beautiful! After talking about the song for a while we read a footnote in the Recovery Version of the Bible that really surprised me. It links "surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life" with 2 Corinthians 13:14, saying that goodness refers to the grace of Christ, mercy (or lovingkindness in this version) to the love of the Father, and follow implies the fellowship of the's the Triune God! I love seeing Him hidden (and revealed) in the Word this way. He is so rich and He is following us! It was definitely an enjoyable home meeting.

(The footnote isn't online, so here is a link to the life-study message with the same content.)

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