1 Peter 2:21-25
For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25
Oftentimes in Scripture, God is portrayed in ways that are easy for us to understand. Perhaps the most touching and poignant representation of God is found in Psalm 23, in which David described Him as a shepherd.
In ancient times, shepherds entered into a special relationship with their flocks. They spent each day with the animals, guiding their paths, protecting them from danger, and corralling those who went astray. To the sheep, the shepherd was a constant companion, to the extent that the sheep actually grew to recognize the shepherd’s voice and, therefore, to respond only to his call.
In Psalm 23, David acknowledged his position as a wandering sheep under the direction of the Great Shepherd. As such, he rejoiced that he was part of the Lord’s flock, with such a gracious, loving Guide.
Because of his assurance of God’s protection and guidance, David was able to boldly exclaim, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me” (Psalm 23:4 NIV). This is truly a remarkable statement, because it reveals that David was aware he would face hard times, and yet he was able to rest in the confidence that God would safely see him through the ordeal. Just as a shepherd knows his flock, so does God know you. You are part of His flock.
Oh Lord, I am so thankful that You allow me to graze in the pasture of Your blessings. Even in the hard times that may lie ahead, I know You will safely guide me through each difficulty.