20th July 2011

The Lord Our Shepherd 

“O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.  For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of his hand.”
Psalm 95:6, 7 (NKJV)

The Bible uses analogies to speak about God and which enable us to think of complicated or difficult things by using simple or familiar ideas.  In biblical times a shepherd in charge of a flock of sheep was a familiar sight.  If you visit the Pennines in Britain at a certain time of the year, sheep and lambs are everywhere in the fields. 

Of all animals, a sheep is least able to take care of itself.  They can’t defend themselves by biting or scratching, and can easily be outrun.  They have to trust the shepherd, and so do we (Psalm 23). 

Sheep are always getting lost and so are we, but God has given us faith-shepherd-leaders.

Another thing about sheep is they are dirty.  Birds have bird baths.  A cat cleans itself and so does a dog, but sheep get dirty and stay dirty, so they have to be cleaned up by the shepherd, and so do we.  David knew this and asked, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). 

People of all ages suffer from insomnia, and only one other creature has as much trouble getting sleep as we do—sheep. 

Sheep can’t find a safe place or food without a shepherd to lead them to “lie down in green pastures”.  And without a shepherd neither can we.  God has given us His Son (John 10:11, 14), the Good Shepherd, who knows His sheep—we don’t have to worry. 

Psalm 100:3 (NLT) says, “He made us, and we are his.  We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” 

He is our shepherd. 

Thank you, Father, for reminding us that we belong to You and You are always there for us.  Please send your Son back soon so we can be one fold, and everyone will know the Good Shepherd.

Study by Jill Newman

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