"I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me."
Psalm 23 has often been recited in movies. Usually it’s featured in scenes of crisis or impending death when the suffering character begins to chant its words. And then peace descends on the scene.
But Psalm 23 is meant to be much more than a mantra. It is rooted in the real hope that our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, walks with us in all stages of our lives. He’s with us beside the still waters and in the deepest, darkest valleys. He’s with us in the green pastures and when we’re surrounded by our enemies. Throughout life, His presence always produces hope and joy, despite our circumstances.
Sometimes our hope and joy decrease; we fail to draw near to our Shepherd. We may begin to doubt that we even needed Jesus much at all. Yet that never-ending treadmill of trying to win out over life and do things in our own strength leaves us feeling hopeless.
Thankfully, our Shepherd goes looking for His stray sheep. If you’ve noticed that you’re far from Jesus, cry out to Him. He’s willing to forgive you and rescue you today.
"No matter how glorious our destiny as the children of God, ...we will never outgrow our sheep-like need of a Shepherd."