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IMG 3786 enhanced 2MP for blogPsalm 23 is a great comfort to so many Christians, but I must admit that it isn’t usually my go-to Psalm, so I’ve been wondering why that is…

Perhaps the fact that it is such a popular Psalm means that I shy away from it, preferring less well known ones…
Maybe, since I’ve always enjoyed being unique and different that I’m reticent at being considered a sheep and part of a flock that follows the herd…
Or, possibly it may have something to do with the fact that I often struggle to “rest”, encouraged from a very early age to always be “doing” something…

After pondering on this for a while, I’m still unsure. No doubt there are a myriad of complex reasons!
However, the fact is that God sees his people as “sheep” and Jesus as the Shepherd, so just perhaps I need to start to “be more sheep” …

I wonder how I might do this and ponder the Psalm for further illumination…

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”

Do I recognise the authority of the Lord as my personal shepherd, one who provides all that I need at various stages of my life?
Do I live my life open- handed, fully accepting and offering to others all the Lord provides- from a place of plenty or a feeling of lack?

 

“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.”

Can I surrender to God’s directing rather than insist on going my own busy way?
Do I miss the quiet pastures of refreshment and time spent with the Shepherd when head down, I allow my weary body and soul to bypass much needed rest, thinking I know best?

 “He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Am I trusting enough to stay close enough to God, allowing him to be my constant guide and lead me through even the most difficult terrain on my life’s journey?
Does my confidence in the Lord as my Compass, Confidante and Comforter, able me to leave my fears with him, knowing he is both Rescuer and Redeemer?

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”

Can I accept all the good things that God has prepared for me?

“You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Do I acknowledge that God has accepted, equipped, and lavished me with all that is needed in the specific role he has chosen for me?

“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
Am I happy to be pursued by God, choosing to not hide from him, but run to him and abide with him wherever he leads?

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Sheep thrive best when tended, cared for, and pastured well by a Shepherd who knows each sheep individually from birth.
They thrive best when they follow, trusting the Shepherd's leading.

So, I will try to surrender and learn to “be more sheep” maintaining my individuality whilst joining the flock to follow the Master's lead, enjoying the focus and care of the ultimate Good Shepherd.

How about you?

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me…” John 10:14

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