The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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06/14/2008

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"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want" (Ps. 23:1)

This Psalm is so familiar to most that I was almost reluctant to write where it is found. David was a shepherd as a young man. We know that sheep are such vulnerable and, for want of a better term, stupid animals. They are literally helpless, cannot defend themselves, and will wander off and get lost if not carefully watched. In this context, David compares himself to a sheep in need of a shepherd. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."

Shepherding is an interesting profession. The shepherd really must care for his sheep. Often he gives each one of them a name and can tell them apart (they all look alike to me!) His job is to make sure that his flock is fed, watered, and protected, and a good shepherd takes it seriously. In those days, it was not unusual for a shepherd to die, caring for his sheep. The sheep have nothing to worry about, because their complete trust is in the shepherd.

Throughout his life, David considered his Lord to be his shepherd. He put his complete trust in Him. He trusted his God to feed, guide and protect him.

Years later these words came from the mouth of Jesus. "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep---Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father---I lay down my life for the sheep" (John 10:14).

We, like sheep are vulnerable in so many ways. We will stray away and get lost easily. We do not always make the right decisions. We are in need of an all-wise, all-knowing shepherd. The Lord is up to the task. He wants to be our shepherd and if we allow Him to be, we shall not want.

Have a great weekend. I hope that your worship to the Lord on His day is glorifying to Him and uplifting to you. Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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