“Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Ps 27:8 NKJV
At the end of a play, the audience shouted, “Encore. The leading actor returned to the stage and held his audience spellbound as he recited the 23 Psalm. The house erupted in applause. Looking across the room, the actor saw his old vicar and called him onto the stage to share something. To their surprise, he too recited the 23 Psalm. When he was through, there was complete and total silence. The audience were drying tears from their eyes.
The actor put his arm around his vicar and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, the difference is, I know the Twenty-Third Psalm but he knows the Shepherd!”
Dr. Alexander Maclaren, the great Scottish preacher, attributed everything he knew to one habit: spending an hour each day alone with God. Sometimes he allowed others into his study during that hour, but they were never allowed to speak. Maclaren would sit in a worn out armchair with the Bible across his knees. Sometimes he’d read its pages, but most often he’d just sit with his hand over his face.
During that hour he wouldn’t read the Bible as a student, or as a pastor, he read as a climber who dangles off a cliff hanging onto a rock with intense fervor.
How well do you know the Lord? How well do you want to know Him? The answer is not in what you say but in what you do. What you truly desire, you pursue. Do you know the Shepherd.