Our Priest & Our Shepherd
by Michael Green
October 21, 2015
Psalm 28 (ESV)
The LORD Is My Strength and My Shield
28 To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. 2 Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary. 3 Do not drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil, who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts. 4 Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward. 5 Because they do not regard the works of the LORD or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and build them up no more. 6 Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. 7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. 8 The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. 9 Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.
Hebrews 10:19-25 (ESV)
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
As believers in Christ and pilgrims in this faith, I am certain that we can all identify with David’s plea for God to hear his cries in Psalm 28:2. The book of Hebrews encourages us that we have a priest, Jesus Christ, that intercedes for us in the most holy sanctuary. He was tempted as we are tempted and fully understands our humanity and our fallen nature. Yet, He was sinless and thus made a way for us. He entered God’s presence on our behalf as our perfect sacrifice. His faultless life and obedient death provide the path for us to be made right with God by putting our faith and trust in Christ.
Now, the Son of God intercedes on our behalf in that most holy sanctuary. We can then join in the praises of David in Psalm 28:6-8, resting in the fact that our priest is good and hears our cries. Christ proved it to us in laying down His life for us while we were enemies of God (Romans 5:8). Lastly, we can take comfort in the fact that Hebrews 9:28 tells us that Christ will return to bring His sheep, those whose sins have been covered by His blood, to heaven. Thus, in the language of Psalm 28:9, we can find rest in the fact that He is our shepherd and will carry us both now and forever. The Lamb that was slain is also the Shepherd of our souls! He hears our cries now, protects us in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, and will get us across to the other side where we will remain with Him for all eternity.