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21st September 2023

Lost Sheep

He leads me beside the still waters.


Psalm 23:2



In Istanbul, Turkey, in 2019, one sheep jumped off a cliff and then nearly 500 others followed! In the end, about one-third of them died. Not knowing which way to go, sheep mindlessly follow other members of the flock, the newspaper article said.


When I read the article, I could think of no better word picture than sheep can be found to illustrate our need for a trustworthy leader. In Isaiah 53:6, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “We are all like sheep.” We tend to go our own way, yet we desperately need the sure direction of a shepherd.


Psalm 23 describes the trustworthiness of our Good Shepherd. He cares for us (v 1); He provides for our physical needs (v 2), He shows us how to live holy lives (v 3), He restores us, comforts us, heals us, and bountifully blesses us (v 3-5), and He will not abandon us (v 6).


What a comfort to know that God gently but firmly leads us! He does so through the urging of the Holy Spirit, the reading of His Word, and through prayer. God is the reliable leader we need.


In acknowledgement of our dependence on the Lord, we can say with the psalmist, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

Bible Reading

Psalm 23.

Prayer

Father God, thank You for the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Amen.














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