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Shepherds Psalm


December 10
Read: Psalm 23
Symbol: Shepherd's Staff

Sheep are very helpless animals. They need constant care. Because they have no sense of direction, someone must lead and guide them. They do not know how to find their own food as other animals do and they have no way to protect themselves from wild animals. Without a good shepherd they would soon die.
Psalm 23 was written by David, who understood the responsibility of a shepherd. He had cared for sheep, feeding and watering them and protecting them from wild animals. David was saying in the Psalm that the Lord is our shepherd who provides for all our needs. He gives us food, shelter, rest, healing and freedom from fear, as well as our righteousness.
When Israel's kings became corrupt and led the people astray, God spoke through the prophet Jeremiah saying that He would be a good shepherd to His people. (Jer. 23.) When Jesus was on the earth, He said, "I am the good shepherd" (John 10:14).

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You, for our Good Shepherd, Jesus, who came to lay down His life for us, who are His sheep.

Link to Psalms

A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye
have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit
upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and
will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor
be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear
my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I
have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

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