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One Psalm has comforted God’s people for thousands of years–Psalm 23.  In this Psalm, David captured the essence of God’s relationship with the people that he loves. The relationship between a shepherd and his sheep was like none other.  David knew that–he was a shepherd. Like Moses before him, David was primarily trained in the art of leadership by herding sheep.

Sheep were stubborn, not so bright, completely dependent on the shepherd for food, safety and direction; but, always tried to do things on their own–and, the result would be awful.  Shepherds had to be brave, alert and focused on their flock.  It was critical that they keep close watch, be selfless and be ready to lay their life down for the sheep.

God was and is the ultimate shepherd. All we, like sheep, have gone astray–Isaiah 53:6. God has cared for us and directed us.  He has put himself between us and the enemy.  He leads us, provides for us and protects us despite our stubborn and independent nature.  He is the one that stands in the breach between us and our enemy–ever vigilant, always ready and always committed to our safety and well being. God Shepherds us simply because he loves us…no other strings attached! We are so blessed to be loved by the Master Shepherd.

God Bless You

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
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 your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.