Friday, September 30, 2016

The Lord Is My Shepherd....

Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and beloved of the Psalms. In verse 4, David says, “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” 

The rod was the stick the shepherd used to whack the sheep on the flank, and the staff was a walking stick with a hooked end, used to pull the sheep back. It’s was the shepherd’s job to protect the defenseless sheep from predators and keep them from getting lost.  

Sheep can be stubborn and are prone to want to wander and go its own way, so it's necessary for the shepherd to take the rod and wack it on the flanks to get it back into the flock.  Sometimes God has to give us a whack. 

If you are a child of God, He won’t let you get away with wandering and disobedience. God chastens those He loves. His rod will correct you and His staff will pull you out of danger, and bring you back to the safety of your loving Shepherd. 

Psalm 78:52
But He led forth His own people like sheep And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;

Isaiah 40:11
Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.

John 10:11
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
Philippians 4:19

And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 2:25
For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.