The Good Shepherd

May 2

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. – Isaiah 40:11, NIV.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want” (Psalm 23:1, NIV).

How would you describe ice cream to someone who had never tasted it? You’d probably say, “Well, it’s cold and sweet. Something like pudding, but not as smooth.”

The only way that you can describe an unknown thing is to compare it with something the other person is acquainted with.

At lunch yesterday, my husband tried some kiwi fruit for the first time.

“What’s it like?” I asked.

“Well, it’s slimy like a green grape, but it tastes something like a banana.” He compared the kiwi fruit to something I had eaten before, something I could understand. Now if he had said it tasted like a mango, I still wouldn’t have known what kiwi tasted like because I’ve never tried a mango.

When David wrote Psalm 23, he wanted to explain to people what God was like. So he created word pictures that his readers could understand.

I can imagine him sitting out on a hillside in Judea ...

The Lord is... is... Now how can I describe Him? He’s powerful, yet kind and loving. He’s fear­less, yet patient.

As his eyes scan the acres and acres of pasture­land, he sees sheep grazing in the distance. Shepherds walk among the animals to make sure all is well.

That’s it! The Lord is my shepherd.

After spending a good part of his life caring for sheep, David knew the love the shepherd had for the animals under his care. He knew that the shepherd would lay down his life to protect his flock. He knew that God would someday do the same.

Something to think about: If you were going to describe the way God takes care of His people, what would you compare Him with in today’s modern society?

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