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The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
The original Hebrew word for shepherd is ra’ah (raw-aw): to tend a flock, to associate with as a friend, companion, make friendship with.
A shepherd takes loving care of his sheep, and they follow him where ever he leads them. He feeds them. He protects them from hungry wolves. He searches for them until they are found when they are lost. He cares for them when they are hurt or sick. And he even helps them come into the world.
God is our Shepherd and we are His sheep. He wants to take care of us the same way. Unfortunately, we often jump the fence and go our own way. When we do that, our Shepherd is unable to give us all the protection, peace, and comforts we have while in His pasture.
God loves us so much. He desires our friendship and companionship. He wants us to be obedient and stay within the parameters of His pasture. He will never force us to, He wants us to stay willingly, because we love Him.
This first verse of Psalm 23 is a promise of God. However, there is a clause in the promise…. we must remain….Of course He still loves us even when we stray, but like any parent, He must allow us to go our own way if we so choose. And He also allows the consequences that come with straying to manifest. You see, when we are out from under His protection, we lack peace, joy, and all the other benefits that come with remaining in His pasture.
So, when the wolves of this world try to pull you away from the safety of a consecrated life, remember all the protection, provision, peace, love, and joy that you will be losing.
Daddy God, thank You for always taking care of me and providing for me. Thank You for all of You love and mercy. I love You, Lord. And I want to remain close to You and receive all that You want me to have. Help me to never stray. And if I begin to, please show me so that I may change my course and remain in Your loving pasture. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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