Every Sheep Needs a Shepard
Posted: Saturday, January 28
David wrote this psalm using experiences from his own life. David’s father, Jesse, was a shepherd; and David also was a shepherd.
In David’s day there was a very unique relationship between the sheep and the one who watched over them. The shepherd was responsible for leading and guiding and feeding and protecting the sheep. The shepherd gave twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, supervision, care, and protection to these sheep. He would eat with the sheep. He would travel with the sheep. He would sleep among the sheep. He was solely responsible for the protection and the health and the nourishment of these animals.
When the Lord is our shepherd we lack nothing. Conversely when we as sheep begin to wander away from our Shepherd our lives begin to be overtaken by want. Suddenly our level of provision- our homes, our cars, our clothes are not good enough. Maybe we begin to crave new experiences; some as innocent as going on a vacation or we desire more dark experiences like having an affair or dabbling with drugs.
If the Lord is our shepherd, then that makes you and I sheep. Sheep are not very strong or wise, and left on their own are defenseless. The best place in the world for a sheep is right next to his shepherd.