Good Shepherd

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

David wrote this Psalm in his later life.  He was under a great deal of stress when he wrote it and it gives us an indication of his awareness of the nature of the guidance and protection that Jesus offers those who are His.  In John 10:11, Jesus said: ‘I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’  Then in verse 14-15, he continued: ‘I am the good shepherd.  I know my own sheep, and they know me just as my Father knows me and I know my Father.  And I lay down my life for the sheep.’

Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd.  To those who believe in Him, he is their shepherd, as he tends to their needs, day and night.  As a shepherd would to his livestock, Jesus gathers his sheep into the sheepfold at night for their own protection.  In the times of when this reference was used, the shepherd would lay across the opening of the door to the sheepfold.  He would be right there to defend them in the face of any danger.  He would show each one loving care and concern.  He would in fact be prepared to lay down his life for their protection.

Jesus is our protector.  Our true Good Shepherd, who cares and tends to our needs.  Ezekiel 34:12 foretold what Jesus would come to accomplish, saying: ‘As a shepherd looks for his sheep on the day he is among his scattered flock, so I will look for my flock.  I will rescue them from all the places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and total darkness.’