I've Fallen And I Can't Get Up
Psalm 42:5, 11
INTRODUCTION: I received a call from a pulpit committee in Gaffney, South Carolina last week. In our conversation, I was asked if I knew Scott and Ginger Burleson from Lavonia Church.
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Through the years Janet and I have collected sheep and read a few books on sheep, especially Phillip Keller.
I've always been intrigued by Luke 15:4.
''What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?''
As we read these texts always be remembering that it is a sheep in the Good Shepherd's care who is speaking in this text. David was acquainted with the bitterness of feeling hopeless and without strength in himself. He knew what it was to be ''cast down'' and dejected.
Ps. 42:11, ''Why are you cast down, O my soul?'' The word ''cast sheep'' is an old English shepherd's term for a sheep that has turned over on its back and cannot get up again by itself. A ''cast'' sheep is a very pathetic sight. Lying on its back, its feet in the air, it flays away frantically struggling to stand up, without success. Sometimes it will bleat for help, but generally it lies there lashing about in frightened frustration. If its owner does not arrive on the scene within a reasonably short time, the sheep will die. This is but another reason why it is so essential for a careful, compassionate sheep man to look over his flock every day, counting them to see that all are able to be up and on their feet. If any are missing, the first thought is one of my sheep is cast somewhere. I must go in search and set it on its feet again.
Not only does the shepherd keep a sharp eye for cast sheep, but also the predators. They know that a cast sheep is easy prey.
I am also told that the largest, fattest, strongest, and sometimes healthiest sheep can become cast and be a casualty.
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