Psalm 23, one of the most amazing lines in all of Scripture is simply the Lord is my shepherd. You realize that statement really is an important statement for us to understand. Because we need a shepherd.
Why do sheep need a shepherd? Well, first of all, sheep need shepherds, because they do tend to wonder. Isaiah tells us that All we like sheep have gone astray, we’ve turned every one to his own way.
There’s a tendency in all of us, just to go in a path that is not healthy. And it’s because of the culture we live in. It’s because of the way we were raised. It’s because of the influence of our peers. And so there are many forces that would tend to make us wander from the path that God designed. That’s why we need a shepherd. And thankfully, we have a shepherd.
Jesus said in John chapter 10, verse 14, I am the good shepherd. Our Shepherd knows our tendencies, he cares about us, he realizes that we are vulnerable.
And John chapter 10, Jesus talked about the fact that thieves come to steal and to kill, and we do have an enemy, we know that. And so be aware of your need. You need the shepherd today, to guide you to protect you, and he is there in your time of need.
Listen to this wonderful verse from the book of Matthew chapter nine and verse number 36. It says that when he that is Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep, without a shepherd.
And so because of our vulnerability, and God sees that and knows it, he has promised to be the shepherd of our lives, to lead us in the past of righteousness to lead us beside the still waters. And so pay attention to your shepherd. You need him and he cares much about you. He values you. That’s why he is willing to even lay down his life for you. That’s why he is willing to come and seek you and search for you. Even when 99 are safe in the fold, your Shepherd still is seeking after you.