My Good Shepherd Draws Me Close and Listens for My Voice
Shepherds still travel with their flocks across the arid landscape of Israel today. And just like the shepherds of old, today’s shepherds know their sheep. They know what scares them; they know when just one of the flock wanders off.
They guide and protect them because they are theirs.
David called the Lord “our Shepherd” because we are God’s sheep.
Psalm 95:6-7 MSG So come, let us worship: bow before him, on your knees before God , who made us! Oh yes, he’s our God, and we’re the people he pastures, the flock he feeds.
And just like sheep we, too, need a shepherd to guide us and protect us. Without God’s guidance, we wander and get caught in the thistles of life. If He doesn’t lead us beside still waters, we will get spiritually dry and worn out. If He leaves us alone, the wolves of lies and evil will pounce on us and devour our faith and confidence.
God is the Good Shepherd — your Good Shepherd who draws you close and watches over you. He invites you to lie down in green pastures; He refreshes your soul and guides you along the right paths.
And even the darkness of the valley of the shadow of death doesn’t have to frighten you because God doesn’t ever leave you.
Psalm 23:4 MSG Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.
Your Good Shepherd sees your tears and listens for your voice. Again, David cried,
Psalms 10:17 CEV You listen to the longings of those who suffer. You offer them hope, and you pay attention to their cries for help.
Let your Good Shepherd carry you today through the valleys or the victories. As you walk with Him, talk with Him. He knows you and loves you and hears you, and He wants His
Psalm 23:6 MSG Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.