The Good Shepherd
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.”
John Chapter 10, Verses 11 and 14
Today, rather than reflecting on my meditation, you are going to provide your own!
Open your Bible to Psalm 23, read through the Psalm 3-5 times, and, before looking at anything I have written below, just let God speak to you through this Psalm. Make it personal, putting your name in all the appropriate places. (Notice how David refers to the shepherd as “he” in the first three verses, but then starts saying “you” in the final three; David himself made the Psalm personal!)
Make it a prayer of thanksgiving and an expression of trust to your Shepherd! Think through your own life; in what ways have your seen the promises in this Psalm fulfilled in the past? Are there any phrases or promises that are especially meaningful to you right now, in your present life? Are you confidently trusting the leading, protection, and provision of the Good Shepherd for your future? What areas in your present life, or future, do you find it difficult to so trust him? Turn these areas over to his care in prayer.
We individually and corporately need the guidance of our good shepherd today and in the days ahead. I shared two verses from John Chapter 10 above; let me share one more (Verse 27):
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
Pray for yourself and your family, that you would clearly hear the voice of your “good shepherd” and have the grace to follow him closely. Think of one more person in our church, or anyone that God lays on your heart; pray the same for them. Finally, pray for East Mountain Vineyard Church as a whole; that the leaders (and everyone who is part of our church) would likewise hear, trust, and obey the voice of the “Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4).