“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters. He refreshes my soul. He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalms 23:1-3, 6 NIV
This is one of my favorite Psalms. I have the whole Psalm highlighted in my Bible (And, yes, I know that it is only six verses). I really can’t believe that I haven’t used it before. But I happened to be reading it today and decided to share it with all of you. To me, it is not only very pastoral, but is also calming and reassuring. The metaphor of the Lord God being our shepherd and caring for us is a wonderful image.
God Shepherds Us
God takes us to green pastures and nourishes us first.
God leads us to clear, still waters to quench our thirst.
God refreshes our souls with His gentle care and love.
God guides us through life on the right path from above.
God stays with us all the days of our lives with amazing grace.
God calls us His own, part of His flock, close to Him is our place.
There are many places in the Bible where God (or Jesus) is compared to a shepherd. But by far the one I like the best is the parable of the shepherd who leaves his 99 other sheep in the field to find the one sheep who has wandered off. There is great celebration when the shepherd finds this one lone sheep and returns it to the flock.
Just as our God in heaven rejoices when a new believer is added to the flock of the “children of God”.
This week delight in the image of God as your shepherd. Feel His love, enjoy His care, accept His provision and follow His gentle nudging along the right path.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we embrace God as our shepherd.
Blessings and peace!