Dear Precious Friends,
On this beautiful new day, I needed to be reminded of this truth!
When sheep fall down on their backs, they can't get up. They need a shepherd to help them get back on their feet.
In scripture, Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd. He knows His sheep and His sheep know Him.
Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd and He knew there would be times in our lives that we fell down and couldn't get back up without Him? He knows His sheep.
The very beginning of Psalm 23 brings great comfort to David, no doubt: It solidifies his identity: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).
God is David’s shepherd. David gave care to the sheep. He was a shepherd. But God was his shepherd. What a lovely assurance that we don’t have to carry the world on our shoulders, but that we have a shepherd. Even more, what a blessing to know that our identity is connected to God as the one who cares for us. Thus, Peter, who was told to shepherd the flock of Jesus in John 21, may at length speak this relationship to suffering saints: “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Our essential identity is a lamb shepherded by the Lord Jesus Christ. Our frequent location is in the wilderness.
I wonder how many of us are feeling alone in what has turned into a wilderness of life. We must remember our identity. We are the object of love and care by our Lord Jesus. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” I am saved. I am kept by His sovereign grace now and forever.
I'm so thankful for the Good Shepherd to pick me up and set my feet upon a firm foundation!!
11 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.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
Source: Holy Spirit, God's word, Beauty for ashes