The Lord… My Shepherd!

A reflection on my Bible reading from the Psalms today (a repost)…

Have you ever pictured yourself as a “sheep in the Good Shepherd’s flock” and the Lord as the shepherd over the flock you’re a part of?  That is the unstated assumption of the 23rd Psalm you know!  Come on, use your imagination – picture yourself as one of the sheep of His flock… and Him as your shepherd – the “Good Shepherd” (John 10… read it!)  I did this morning!!  Incredibly uplifting! Wonderfully peace bringing!  Let the pic I’ve posted make it live in your mind…

Listen, if you know Jesus, you’re one of the sheep in His flock … not the only one, but one of the “sheep” in His flock that is important to Him.  In fact, Luke’s gospel declares that if you, or any of the other sheep, would go astray He’d put everything else aside to seek you and find them (or you)! (Luke 15:1-8)  The 23rd Psalm declares He provides for those who are a part of His flock, He leads them, satisfies their deepest hunger and thirst, He heals their wounds, walks with them through the valleys as dark as death, is their security and protector, and causes abundant lifelong blessing to come their way.  In fact, being a part of the Lord’s flock has as its benefit blessings that never end… in this life AND the life to come!

Here it is… A well-known, Bible favorite: Psalm 23 ESV

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever!”

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