Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Shadow of our Shepherd

"I have called by name Bezaleel (בְּצַלְאֵל The Shadow of God)... and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship" (Exodus 31:2,3).  "The LORD is my Shepherd... He leadeth me" (Psalm 23:1-3).  "A Friend loveth at all times, and a Brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17).  "We pray always for you, that our God would... fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power" (2 Thessalonians 1:11). 

There is a beauty in each name
Depicting gifts by God defined,
Like Bezaleel who thus came
To do the work that God assigned.

This name meant "Shadow of our God,"
Implying that our God was near.
Our Shepherd with His staff and rod
Shall likewise make His presence clear. 

His shadow over us extends
In peace and in adversity. 
He is the closest of our Friends
Through time and through eternity. 

O Lord our Shepherd, work in us
As in Your shadow we abide,
That we may show how glorious
Your nearness is in which we hide.  

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