“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14-15John 10:11-18
Almost anyone—young or old—knows the famous first phrase of David’s twenty-third psalm: “The LORD is my shepherd.” While David would be called into conflict many times in his life, perhaps this very phrase brought him assurance. He may have repeated it as a lion had to be overpowered to save the flock, as Goliath was to be slain to preserve Israel’s army, as whole nations had to be subdued to maintain the kingdom committed to his trust.
But out in the quiet fields with nothing extraordinary happening, there was just the sound of a shepherd boy’s harp stirring the twilight air. The flocks lie safe and peaceful under the comfort of his watchful eye. The sheep sense the steadfastness of their young shepherd. For the moment, no marauding predator—man or beast—can invade the fold committed to David’s care.
When the peaceful moments of life evaporate and the marauding predators press in, repeat the words you have known since you were a child. Believe them. Search for no other comfort. For the Lord alone is your Shepherd.
Cares of this world will try to impede and ravage your life. Sometimes they will succeed. But always the Good Shepherd is there for you.