Our Shepherd

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The Lord is our Shepherd. He wants me to know that. He wants you to know that.

I make this bold statement by taking authority in Scripture.  The reference of “Lord as Shepherd” is made throughout the Bible.  In addition to this being a description of our relationship with the Lord, it is a role and an action of the Lord.  It is also a promise the Lord makes to His people.  He cares for us. He watches over us. He seeks out Hid sheep and He finds sheep. Gathering us, he brings us into His fold. He leads us to good pasture. He gives us rest. He restores us and heals us.

First, there is the familiar 23rd Psalm written by King David:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. -Psalm 23: 1-6 (KJV)

Now, let us consider the Book of Ezekiel:

 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.

I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. -Ezekiel 34: 12-16 (KJV)

In the Book of Jeremiah, it is written:

Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.”– Jeremiah 31:10 (KJV)

From the Book of John:

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. – John 10:14 (KJV)

From the Book of Mark:

And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. -Mark 6:34 (KJV)

And, finally, from the First Letter of Peter:

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25 (KJV)

On good and bad days, on sunny days and stormy days, our Shepherd is watching over us.  The provision of the Lord is real and tangible. Take a moment to pause and reflect on how the Lord has shepherded you through all situations. Consider all of the grace and miracles of the past, search them out and count them. Include all of the things that didn’t happen, that also turned out to be blessings, and it becomes even more numerous.

If you are having trouble with this exercise due to present circumstances, then simply take a breath and look up at the sky. Now,  you can count at least two miracles: taking a breath and looking up to the heavens.

Can I get an amen? Amen!

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