God our Shepherd
O Shepherd of Israel,
thou that leadest Joseph like a flock;
thou that dwellest between the cherubims,
This verse turns our attention
to God as Shepherd
to Joseph as an outstanding sheep.
In this verse,
God wants our thoughts to be on
and how Joseph attained the distinction
of being highlighted
outstanding sheep in God's flock.
God is sharing with us that
in the way that God wants
to follow God.
God is telling us in
Psalm 80 verse 1
to ponder the life of Joseph
and learn from him.
The life of Joseph
How to Follow God
No Matter the Circumstances.
Sometimes our path is uphill and rough.
Joseph had years of following a difficult path.
Yet, Joseph's life reminds us to continue to follow God.
Let's Reflect on the Life of Joseph
Joseph was thrown away - almost killed - by his brothers.
His brothers sold him into slavery.
He was falsely accused of sexually attacking a woman.
He was thrown into prison.
In every circumstance and situation,
Joseph tried to
have a good attitude
do whatever he could
to serve others in an excellent way.
He worked hard at his tasks and
served others in the same way he would serve God.
Colossians 3:17 a TLB says...
And whatever you do or say,
let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus.
Joseph followed God
like a lamb follows the shepherd he loves.
In the video below,
we see a little lamb who loves his shepherd.
Life was unfair to Joseph for YEARS, and yet he kept focusing on God and on obedience to God.
Hardships, frustrations, all kinds of difficulties - yet Joseph kept intentionally keeping God on the throne of his heart.
He submitted to God and obeyed God even when life was unfair.
Some people point out that
when Joseph was young
and he shared his nighttime dreams with his brothers
- that he would rule over his family -
Joseph was bragging
and therefore provoked his brothers to anger.
That may well be true.
However, no one should ever do what his brothers did....
it is also true that
he was young and didn't realize the results of his words.
We all begin this life with
The point is that
got better and better at
and because of that
he grew wise.
Joseph followed God,
he grew the character traits that we call
The Fruit of the Spirit.
When Joseph was treated poorly,
he didn't let it keep him from living in the right way.
We see that later in life,
Joseph had a perfect
to have revenge on his brothers.
Joseph rejected that opportunity.
He fed his brothers, and all his family, during the famine.
Joseph even gave them back the money
they brought to buy food.
Joseph learned to love others even when they were unlovable.
Joseph learned to forgive,
even when those closest to him were hateful.
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Joseph did test his brothers to see if they had changed.
And he was delighted to find out that they had repented
of what they had done to him.
They had grown into much better people.
~ ~ ~
Joseph's brothers were astonished that Joseph was now the second highest authority in Egypt.
Joseph's dreams had come to pass.
~ ~ ~
Joseph cultivated a good attitude about the
that he had faced in his life.
We see an example of that when he told his brothers...
"You meant it for evil but God meant it for good."
You could say
when God called Joseph to a task,
Joseph came running.
We see a picture of this type of devotion
as we watch sheep who run to
The Voice of the Shepherd.
Waiting on God
It took years,
but God gave Joseph back his family
they were ready to
make good relationships with him.
~ ~ ~
We too have to wait upon the Lord
to receive his blessings for us.
Below is a
Waiting upon the Lord.
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We read about Joseph not only in Genesis but also...
Psalm 105:16 and continuing
Acts 7:9 and continuing
God rewarded Joseph reward in many ways.
In Ezekiel 47:13
Joseph was given two portions.
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Psalm 80 was posted in May 2022.