Our Focus for 2023
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.” (Psalm 107:1-2)
God is so good. If there’s anyone who can testify to this fact, wouldn’t it be His people? With the indescribable spiritual blessings in Christ, and the abundant physical blessings we enjoy everyday, we have every reason to give thanks to the Lord and be all the more motivated to love and serve Him with our all.
It’s easy to focus on the bad, on the pain, on the hardships and trials of life. When we do we tend to become more jaded in our thinking, more critical in our words, more filled with worry, more overcome with doubts and fears.
Our theme this year comes from the old hymn, “O Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” It was written in 1758 by Robert Robinson. The beautiful words of this classic hymn provides an excellent focus for a people prone to distraction. The words call for us to constantly consider what the Lord has done for us, and in response, to praise Him and remain faithfully devoted to Him.
The Shepherds would like to encourage each of us to make this year a year of counting our blessings, of focusing on the goodness of the Lord, of thanksgiving and praise, and of greater commitment and devotion prompted by the Lord’s goodness, as we study and sing the message of this incredible hymn.
May our hearts be renewed, our eyes refocused, and our devotion reinspired as we focus this year on the “Fount of Every Blessing.”