The Lord is my shepherd… (Psalm 23:1).
One of the most memed passages in the Bible. I’ve seen it quoted on bumper stickers, wall plaques, desk calendars, Christian bookstore Jesus pictures–
even a tattoo. What could I possibly say about these famous verses that you haven’t already heard?
Probably nothing…but let’s give it a go anyway!
David calls God his shepherd. God looks after him, leads him, provides for him, protects him, disciplines him, chases him down and rescues him.
God is an excellent shepherd, as the rest of the Psalm will attest.
But what of David?
I mean, if God is the shepherd, that makes David
David, who has been a shepherd and a warrior and a bard and a king, takes the role of the sheep here.
Yes, it is the obvious attitude to take
is it the attitude we take?
Too often I see myself as the Assistant Shepherd, or the sheep dog, or even the trusty staff in the hand of the Shepherd.
But a sheep? Just one of a billion dumb, wayward, weak, bumbling, wool-headed sheep? Who wants to be a sheep?
The one who wants the Lord to be his Shepherd.
Happy Thursday, Beloved.