My Good Shepherd

My Good Shepherd! This is just one of the many wonderful titles used in Scripture to describe the Savior and all he longs to be for us. In John 10:11 Jesus says, “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…” What a loving Savior that he would pay the price for our sin, so that we who deserved to die could be forgiven and set free.

And he spake this parable unto them, saying, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance (Luke 15:4-7).” While this passage applies to the unsaved, I believe it also applies to believers.

I love the picture of Jesus carrying the sheep on his shoulders. When I’m physically or emotionally drained, I’ll share it with him and ask for him to carry me through the difficult time. He is so faithful and always does just that. This takes the struggle out and allows me to be at peace in the midst of life’s pieces.

In John 10:14 Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own sheep, and they know me…” What a joyous thought to know and be known by the Kings of kings. That’s life changing, victory producing power!

“To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” These verses in John 10:3-5 are one of my favorite Scriptures. To know our Shepherd’s voice and be able to discern it from the enemies is more valuable than great material wealth, because only hearing his voice and following him produces peace. It alone gives us wisdom from above.

James 33:17 says, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be in treated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” This is what all believers should fervently seek.

We are often compared to sheep in Scripture, because like sheep we are dumb, easily panicked animals. That’s why in Psalm 23 our Good Shepherd leads us beside quiet waters. Otherwise the noise would so frighten us that we would not drink and die of thirst. Fear is also undoubtedly why we either run or lag behind when we should be waking through the valley of the shadow of death. The result is not sensing the Sehpherd’s rod and staff which steals our comfort and causes panic. Here’s my poem. Enjoy! May each of us know Jesus as our Good Shepherd.

MY GOOD SHEPHERD

My light,
In the darkest night,
Even in death’s shadow,
Your rod and staff comfort,
My provider,
Who gently leads me,
Beside quiet waters,
A safe place to drink,
Quench my thrist,
To lush, green pastures,
A comfortable resting place,
A satisfying meal,
My source of strength,
Who carries me,
On his strong shoulders,
When I’m weak,
My strong tower,
Also, my shield,
From Satan’s destructive plans,
My salvation,
My healer and deliverer,
Who brings wholeness,
To all the broken places,
Rescues me when I wonder,
My wise counselor,
Who shares his truth,
Which sets me free,
Spending time together,
I get to know his voice,
Discern it from the enemies.

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