Last week, the fella and I purchased a “Daily Prayer Journal,” with 365 bible verses to inspire you all year long. We decided to alternate writing our thoughts about that day’s verse. Well, the page is about the size of a 3×5 card, and there is no way I can be that contained every time I write.
Today, my verse was simply, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” So simple, yet so loaded. My brain starts running, what does a shepherd do? Which of my wants will be alleviated? What about those with no belief in the Shepherd?
After some reading and research, the best definition and description of a shepherd during biblical times came from Easton’s Bible Dictionary.
“The duties of a shepherd in an unenclosed country like Palestine were very onerous. In early morning he led forth the flock from the fold, marching at its head to the spot where they were to be pastured. Here he watched them all day, taking care that none of the sheep strayed, and if any for a time eluded his watch and wandered away from the rest, seeking diligently till he found and brought it back. In those lands sheep require to be supplied regularly with water, and the shepherd for this purpose has to guide them either to some running stream or to wells dug in the wilderness and furnished with troughs. At night he brought the flock home to the fold, counting them as they passed under the rod at the door to assure himself that none were missing. Nor did his labours always end with sunset. Often he had to guard the fold through the dark hours from the attack of wild beasts, or the wily attempts of the prowling thief (see 1 Samuel 17:34 ).”
The Savior has promised to lead me, watch over me, care for me. AND, the best part? When I stray or wander or get lost (which is known to happen) He will seek diligently, even in the dark times. Perhaps even especially during the dark times.
As for the wanting. For me, these wants are peace, healing, joy, and ultimately, forgiveness and salvation. It is only through the Shepherd that I shall not want for such things. Because I know fo sho that I can’t do it for myself. Of note: The Shepherd looks for the sheep, not vice versa. Even when the sheep is a big stubborn dookie head, the Shepherd does not give up. Even on the most difficult sheep. Perhaps especially on the most difficult sheep.
Light and Love,