The Satisfaction Of Our Shepherd's Sheep
February 12, 2012
Introduction: Ps 23 pictures a journey. It is as though the sheep is on the King's Highway. As he/she recounts the Shepherd's dealings throughout their life, they swell with joy at His faithfulness at all times.
Ps 103:1-5 fits well with Ps 23 as the Psalmist recounts the sheep's benefits in knowing the Shepherd.
"Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."
If one were to desire to sing as an expression of gratitude for the Shepherd's care, I suggest, "Count Your Blessings."
He is a sheep so utterly satisfied with his lot in life, fully contented with the care he receives. So much "at home" with the shepherd that there is not a shred of desire for a change.
On the shepherd's side, there has developed a great affection and devotion to his flock.
Psalmist, writing from the standpoint of a sheep, is reflecting on and recounting the full round of the year's activities.
He has taken us from green pastures and still waters, up through the mountain passes to the high tablelands of the summer. Fall, with its storms, rain, and sleet drives the sheep down to the foothills and towards home. The shepherd's alertness, care, and management have brought the sheep through satisfactorily.
The word for "house" is the family or household, or flock of the Good Shepherd. The sheep is so deeply satisfied with the flock to which it belongs; also satisfied with their shepherd.
? We should be proud to belong to Christ
? We should feel free to boast to others of how good He is
? We should look back ...
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