“The Lord is my shepherd.”
In order for the Lord to be a Shepherd who will lead us and care for us, we must first know Him as the Lord of our life. The term Lord in this context is master or ruler. Until Jesus becomes the Lord of our life, He will not be able to lead us to the places of blessing He desires to take us. Step one is surrender ourselves to Him and submit to His authority over every part of our life. Continue reading “When the Lord is Your Shepherd”
David’s description of the Shepherd in the 23rd Psalm who cares for and loves His sheep, is a fitting illustration of the Messiah’s love and care for His sheep, who He came to redeem.
Sheep are undoubtably the dumbest and most helpless of all animals. Unable to care for themselves, they will soon perish without the attentive care of a good shepherd. Sheep cannot find food or water for themselves; they must be led to green pastures and cool waters. Very often sheep will fall and turn upside down with their hooves pointing into the air. Unless the Shepherd comes to their rescue and turns them right side up, they will die. David referred to this frequent event as being “cast down.”
Psalms 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
On four occasions, David asks of his own soul; why are you cast down?
Psalms 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.
David had apparently seen the sheep many times in this precarious position with their feet pointed up into the air—hopeless, and helpless unless he came as their shepherd and turned them right side up. This reminded him of those times when his own heart was discourage—turned upside down, and God came as his Shepherd to give him hope and help. Continue reading “How Greatly You Are Loved”
Isaiah 53:6a All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way…
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
The illustration made by Isaiah is interesting. Human beings are often described in the Bible as like sheep. The dumbest of all farm animals, a sheep will place themselves in constant peril and perish if not for the ever-present care of a watchful shepherd.
As in Isaiah’s description; All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way. Sheep constantly stray and often become lost. They are helpless, defenseless, and lacking in the basic skills of survival. In order for a sheep to survive they need the kind of care described in the 23rd Psalm: A Shepherd who leads, feeds, guides, and protects. Continue reading “Jesus Calls His Followers “Sheep,” the Dumbest of all Farm Animals”
In this world, we will have trouble. This is a fact of life that is well know to anyone who has lived upon the earth. There will be great times of difficulties, heartache, and sorrow. We often find that the very things we waited and wanted for such a great number of years–do not satisfy us, once we obtain them. As the years pass, many people lose hope and become filled with despair. Others are overcome with sadness and depression–finding their despair nearly impossible to overcome.
We were not created to endure suffering and sorrow. We do not have the capacity to endure tremendous times of stress. When our failures and disappointments mount up–many people find it difficult to go on. Science and Psychology has been able to help the physical man but they are helpless to heal the wounds of the soul. Continue reading “When the Lord is My Shepherd”