THE SHEPHERD AND SHEEP
Psalm 23:1-3 (1) – The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need. (GW)
Read: Hebrews 13:20-21
A shepherd tends the sheep on the green pasture, where they are continuously refreshed. The parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15:1–7 makes it clear that God cares intimately for each of His sheep, regardless of their numbers. John 10:11–18 gives an understanding of Christ as the good shepherd, while the saved are the sheep. This is what David referred to in today’s Bible reading. As long as he remains under the shepherd’s covering, he is spiritually and physically sorted for life.
Truly, a sheep can never lack shelter if it follows the shepherd and resides on the green pasture. No wonder Paul testified to the sureness of God’s ability to provide for all human desires (Philippians 4:19). Psalm 23:2–3 also confirms that God will ensure that His children enjoy rest when He lays them down in the pasture. Even when the world is raging, the shepherd leads the abiding sheep beside peaceful waters as they are restored and guided in righteousness.
However, there is a requirement to qualify as a sheep. Hebrews 13:20–21 indicates that Jesus, the great shepherd, will equip those who do His will with good things. Certainly, none of God’s children can be deprived of the shepherd’s blessings if they obey His commands. But if anyone is on the side of the goats, the end will be destruction. I encourage you to repent and accept Christ so that you can begin to enjoy the dividends of a sheep (sonship).
Hymn: Jesus Saves — Priscilla J. Owens (1882)
1. Father, please be my shepherd in every aspect and make me a faithful sheep!
1. My glory and benefits, which are in the hands of the strongman, be released!
2. Every secret grave dug for me this year, swallow your diggers!
3. Holy Spirit, mend the hole in my heart and heal the pain in my body, family, and Church.
MAKE IT A PRAYER-FILLED WEEKEND
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