The Lord, My Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd I am never in need. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters. Psalm 23:1-2 GW

This Psalm was written by David. His first job was a keeper of sheep. He understood the sheep and the role of the shepherd. Sheep are domestic animals and need a good shepherd to survive the perils in the world. The shepherd provides an environment that will provide for the needs of the sheep. You see sheep needs grass for grazing and may spend about seven to eight hours a day eating grass. Also, they need water, not dirty or rushing water but still clean water. The sheep cannot provide these items for themselves so the shepherd is important to the sheep.

When David looked at himself, he recognized his need for a shepherd much like the sheep. On his own, he was defenseless so he understood the value of having a shepherd. Jesus said in John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” David understood this. He recognized the need in his life for care. He knew that he couldn’t dependent on his own wisdom or strength because like the sheep, he cannot distinguish between the dirty, muddy water of the world and the clear peaceful water the shepherd provides. He would graze on things that might be harmful, not the lush green pastures where the shepherd leads. David recognized his need for a shepherd. Like David, you need a shepherd also.

Thought for Today: Jesus is the good shepherd

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory

4 thoughts on “The Lord, My Shepherd

  1. “The sheep cannot provide these items for themselves so the shepherd is important to the sheep”; reassurance of His ability to care for me during these times.

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