“A story is told about a dinner party where the guests were expected to stand after the meal and recite something for the group. A famous actor was present, and he recited the twenty-third Psalm with great dramatic flair and emotion, and sat down to great applause. Then a very simple man got up and began to recite the same Psalm. He wasn’t very eloquent, so at first people thought it was a little funny. But his presentation was straight from his heart, so when he finished, the group sat in respectful silence. It was obvious that the simple man’s presentation was more powerful than the actors, and afterwards the actor told him: ‘I know the Psalm, but you know the Shepherd’ (David Guzak’s Commentary on the Bible).”
As we come to our text today, Paul was being criticized for not being an accomplished speaker. But his critics were full of hot air; they were full of boloney. Because even though Paul might not have been a trained rhetorician, he had what they didn’t have, he had a relationship with The Shepherd!