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In another place are mum and dad who wandered away, and below them are their little lambs.
Isn't this country road lovely? Being originally from the city, I love to see the sheep on the road. Some think they are a hindrance to driving, but I see the hard-working farmer looking after an animal that needs to be taken care of.
Sheep are interesting animals, especially when you want to take their picture. They look at you for a moment, then suddenly one will run and the rest follow suit. In this case, the farmer and dogs made sure the sheep are driven in the right direction.
In earlier days, sheep were cared for with love and tenderness. The shepherd knew their names and the sheep answered his call. Instead of being driven as they are today, the shepherd gently led his sheep.
We are the sheep of the Good Shepherd and He knows us all by name. He loves each one of us.
Friend, if you are saying this psalm does not apply to you because the Shepherd doesn't seem to be providing green pastures or still waters in your case. Rather than your cup running over with goodness and mercy, you are walking through that dark valley of frightening shadows and death.
If this is true, put these words before the Lord. Either take out a Bible and turn to the Psalm, or place your tablet or phone where you can see the words. If you are at a computer, kneel before it and ask the Lord why it doesn't apply to you.
Keep asking until you receive an answer. That does not mean staying on your knees for hours and hours, but it does mean having a desire to receive an answer. Jesus is the Shepherd and He is waiting for you to come to Him, whether you have ever done so before or not.
Every day ask Him to fulfil these words to you. And if He cannot do so right at this moment, ask Him to give you peace to bear the trial you are experiencing. The Lord will answer if you seek Him with all your heart. He loves you.
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 righteouess for his name's sake.
Yes, 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 presparest 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 me life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalms 23:1-6.
He is our God, and we are the people of his pastures, and the sheep of his hand. Psalm 95:7.
If we are willing to see ourselves as helpless sheep, God can help us. Jesus loved the sheep while living in Israel, and He still loves us as His sheep, for He is the Good Shepherd.