Micah 7:14–20 (NKJV)

Micah 7-14 Shepherd Your People brown14 Shepherd Your people with Your staff,

The flock of Your heritage,

Who dwell solitarily in a woodland,

In the midst of Carmel;

Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,

As in days of old.

15 “As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,

I will show them wonders.”

16 The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might;

They shall put their hand over their mouth;

Their ears shall be deaf.

17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent;

They shall crawl from their holes like snakes of the earth.

They shall be afraid of the Lord our God,

And shall fear because of You.

Micah goes further in this part of chapter seven by calling for God to shepherd His people again, a more intimate role than just Deliverer or Restorer.  Walk among us, nurture and protect us, care for us daily.  Then all the nations surrounding us will see and be ashamed.

18 Who is a God like You,

Pardoning iniquity

And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?

He does not retain His anger forever,

Because He delights in mercy.

micah-7-1919 He will again have compassion on us,

And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our sins

Into the depths of the sea.

20 You will give truth to Jacob

And mercy to Abraham,

Which You have sworn to our fathers

From days of old.

Micah then extols the greatness of God, primarily by pointing to His acts as a Redeemer, a Forgiver of sins, a God of compassion, and a Giver of Truth.  The merciful God of Israel will honor His promise to Abraham and Jacob.  He will forgive.  In the same way, God offers grace and mercy to us today.  Our sins may have taken us into some treacherous terrain and dangerous territories, but God will forgive and redeem and restore if we will call upon His name.  Micah called upon the Lord in faith, knowing that God would respond.  You must do the same.  Ask God to forgive.  Repent in your heart.  Cry out, “Be our Shepherd!”  The Lord will hear and respond.  Don’t lose hope.  Don’t give up.  Believe!

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