shepard3There is a story told about two men who were asked to recite the 23rd Psalm in front of a large crowd. The first man was an accomplished actor. He delivered his lines with precision and flair. When he finished, the audience showed their approval with a thunderous round of applause.

The second man to speak was an older gentleman who had preached the Word of God for many years. His recitation of the 23rd Psalm was much less dramatic, but it was from the heart. The reaction from the crowd was much different. Instead of applauding, they sat in silence; many had tears streaming down their cheeks.

Later, two people were talking about the different responses to the two speakers. One summed it up: “The first man knows the Psalm. The second man knows the Shepherd!”

“I want to know Christ…”—Philippians 3:10.

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