from the devotional book, PICTURES OF GOD
When God’s timeless purposes are complete, when He has done in Christ everything He ever wanted to do for His people, what will our relationship with Him be?
They are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from the eyes. (Revelation 7:15-17, NASB)
Psalm 23:1 will be full reality for each of God’s people.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (NIV)
As the Good Shepherd, the glorified Christ will pasture them:
They will hunger no longer. (Revelation 7:16a, NASB)
He will lead them “beside quiet waters” (Psalm 23:2b, NASB):
“…nor will they thirst anymore…for the Lamb…will guide them to springs of the water of life.” (Revelation 7:16-17, NASB)
He will meet their every need in full measure:
God will wipe every tear from their eyes. (Revelation 7:17b, NASB)
As the Good Shepherd, God Himself will be their shelter and protection:
They are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. (Revelation 7:15, NASB)
He will be with His flock personally, constantly, completely, and forever. “The Lord is my Shepherd.” What a beautiful picture of God’s love!