What would it be to be sheep with no shepherd?
16 Then he said, “I saw all Isra’el scattered over the hills like sheep without a shepherd; . . . [source]
Today, I gathered with a few friends and we took a closer look at Psalm 23. David penned: The LORD is my shepherd. We noted he said MY shepherd. David the shepherd had a Shepherd. [source]
David must have had an unmistakable understanding of what it meant to be a sheep and a shepherd. All he had to do was observe his very own sheep to identify with them. Their propensity to wander; their timidity of quick-moving water; their desperate need for a safe pasture to feed on; their many enemies, those without and those seeking to get inside their heads. And then to equate his own love and tender care of his sheep as their shepherd to The Shepherd Who loved and cared for him. The LORD is MY Shepherd he said. He understood! (I highly recommend the book A Shepherd’s Look at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller.)
In Keller’s book he parallels sheep and people sheep in fears, head strong temperaments, mortal enemies, parasites, wanderlust, feeding requirements; the whole gamut of what it means to be sheep and Shepherd.
As you now read Psalm 23 read it with two avenues in mine. The Sheep who follow The Shepherd and the soul who doesn’t.
ABBA, show each of us clearly The Shepherd Who loves the sheep and we the sheep who desperately need the Shepherd. HOLY SPIRIT, seriously for each one that reads Psalm 23, I ask You to vividly reveal The Shepherd Who loves the sheep and the ways of we the sheep that make it so necessary for us to have The Shepherd, shepherd us. Amen and amen.
Psalm 23 (CJB)
(0) A psalm of David: (1) Adonai is my shepherd; I lack nothing.
2 He has me lie down in grassy pastures,
he leads me by quiet water,
3 he restores my inner person.
He guides me in right paths
for the sake of his own name.
4 Even if I pass through death-dark ravines,
I will fear no disaster; for you are with me;
your rod and staff reassure me.
5 You prepare a table for me,
even as my enemies watch;
you anoint my head with oil
from an overflowing cup.
6 Goodness and grace will pursue me
every day of my life;
and I will live in the house of Adonai
for years and years to come.
See you Next Time ~ ~ ~ The LORD willing and the Church don’t rise, Kathie
Below are two links to the podcasts we watched today. Each is nearly 30 minutes.