‘The Lord is my shepherd’ (Psalm 23:1)
David was one of the Lord’s sheep. All His sheep know Him, love Him, and follow Him. They possess His disposition; He was meek and lowly in heart. Are you a sheep of Christ? Are you looking to, following, and rejoicing in your shepherd?
If so, it is his authority to lead you, feed you, protect you, and heal you. Your person, life, health, comforts and safety are committed to His care. He is the Good Shepherd, and He laid down His life for His sheep; He searches and seeks out His sheep wherever they have scattered. He feeds His flock; He gathers the lambs with his arms, and carries them close to Himself.
He loves His sheep more than His own life; He cares for His sheep more than all the world beside. He feeds them in the most suitable pasture, and leads them in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Oh, view Jesus as your Shepherd, expect Him to lead you, feed you, fold you, and present you to His Father with exceeding joy. Cleave to Him; let nothing tempt you to leave His feet, His flock, or His fold. He will never leave you, nor forsake you.
Jehovah is my Shepherd’s name,
Then what have I, tho’ weak, to fear?
My sin and folly I proclaim,
If I despond while He is near:
In every danger He is nigh,
And will my every want supply.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘But my wretched heart leads me astray. Yet will I look again, and again search my Father’s will, my inestimable treasury. I want more faith. I often lose sight of what faith is, and mistake feeling for believing. I put comforts in the place of Christ, and my own thoughts in the place of God’s word. What an unspeakable favour it is, to have God’s pure word, to guide, instruct, and comfort me: and yet I often turn aside to something else.’