Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Shepherd's Heart

The Lord is my Shepherd.
I shall lack nothing.
Psalm 23:1
It is a bit difficult for us to relate to a shepherd.
We don't have a lot of shepherds
engaged in our culture today.
The Bible is full of imagery that related
to the culture of a different day.
We can read Psalm 23, 
familiar with the language,
and miss all the meaning the language holds.

David had been a shepherd in his youth.
He understood the needs of the sheep
and the cares of a shepherd.
There is a sense of tenderness 
as sheep are totally reliant on the shepherd 
for care, protection and provision.
Looking back and remembering
his days as a shepherd,
David declares that the Lord is his Shepherd.
David was a king who knew Yahweh
and was responsible for leading Israel.
But he declared that Yahweh
was to him a great Shepherd.
Intimately familiar with all this entailed, 
David confidently said,
"I will lack nothing."
He must have thought about his heart
for the sheep he tended.
"If my heart cared that deeply for the sheep,
how much more does the 
Great Shepherd care for me?
I shall never be found lacking."
While I have no way of experiencing a shepherd life,
I want to understand a shepherd heart.
I want to come closer to this heart of Jesus,
who calls Himself the good Shepherd.
I am the good Shepherd. 
The good Shepherd 
sacrifices His life for the sheep.
John 10:11
The Lord is MY Shepherd.
He guides me, feeds me, 
protects me and cares for me.
Lord, I want to know You
as the Shepherd of my life.
Intimately and surely.
It is what my heart longs for today.

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