Jesus is Good Shepherd and we are sheep of his flock. From far flattering, we are depicted as fragile and fickle creatures who willfully disobey and wander away. We will look closely at Psalm 23 through eyes of our compassionate and caring shepherd who offers to help and hold us as we walk through the dark valleys of fear, anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Looking to Jesus through this Psalm we can once again discover the lavish love of Christ and lament all the ways we like sheep have gone astray.
We are anxious about everything. Worrying is like praying to yourself, while David tells us that God makes us lie down in green pastures. The strange thing about sheep is because of their very make up it is almost impossible for them to made to lie down unless four requirements are met. Which one (fear, friction, pests or hunger) robs your joy and contributes to your anxiety? Memorize Psalm 23 and pray it every night.