Tuesday, October 16, 2007 4:00 a.m.
I heard a sermon on sheep. Jesus compares us to sheep. Sheep can not sleep standing up. They must lay down. David took care of the sheep and he knew this. That is why he wrote, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures…” (Psalm 23:2). There are four things that sheep must be free from in order for them to sleep.
- They must be free from fear. David wrote, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” (Psalm 23:4).
- They must be free from rivalry. There is to be no fighting within the flock. David wrote, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3).
- They must be free from parasites, poisonous plants, and things that will make them weak. A shepherd would have to clear the field of these harmful things before he could allow the sheep to enter the field. David wrote, “They rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4).
- They must be free from hunger. David wrote, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…” (Psalm 23:5).
David kept the sheep and knew all this. That is why he could write the twenty-third Psalm with the wisdom of a shepherd. We are the sheep of God’s pasture and Jesus is our Shepherd.
Thought for Today: “I am the good shepherd: and the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11).