The Lord Is My Shepherd

We have all seen vintage pictures of Jesus carrying little lambs. In fact, your church nursery may have a version of those images hanging on the wall. When we look at those pictures we see tenderness and compassion. Yes, Jesus is tender and compassionate, but He can be strong and fierce when needed. I’m thankful the Lord is MY Shepherd.
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The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.


The life of a shepherd is hard. The sleepless nights keeping watch over sick sheep, making sure there is plenty of grass and water for them to eat and drink, and providing preventative care and protection from predators. There are even those repetitive times of keeping sheep in the fold, safe and accounted for. Knowing each sheep by name, that boggles my mind since many of them look alike.

We are just like those sheep. We have times of illness, leanness in the budget, and of course, we have all been that one little sheep who has wandered too far away. Each time a gentle hand from our Shepherd has been there to help guide us along the way. A gentle touch, a gentle reminder of Who we need to keep our eyes on at all times.

While our Shepherd has a gentleness about Him, He also has a strong and fierce presence in our lives. He has given so much for us; He is not going to just leave us alone to do as we please. When we step further away from Jesus, He is going to bring us back and how He does it is going to depend on us. If we continue moving away, that gentleness will become stronger until we are brought back into the fold.(Once we become a child of God, we belong to Him and He is going to do what it takes to keep us close by.) When we are brought back, we will be picked up, dusted off, wounds will be cared for and we will be treated like nothing ever happened.

Jesus is also our protector (Psalm 28:7, Psalm 33:20) and will go to battle for us. When He enters a battle, He fights to win it. When we are dealing with difficult situations, we need to remember it’s not the situation or the person, but the one who is using that situation or person to get to us while trying to bring Jesus down. (Ephesians 6:12)

We can’t fight Satan on our own, but our Shepherd can and He will get the victory.(Romans 12:19)
When I look at my life -

I am thankful for a gentle yet strong Shepherd.


Have you read the book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23? If not, I highly recommend it. It was required reading when I was in college. I loved it so much, I kept the book after all these years and reread it often.

11 comments

  1. Lori, what an honor to be featured here today! Thanks for your encouragement!

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  2. Hey Lori! Psalm 23 has special meaning to me. It is the only scripture I could partially recite in my head while recovering from my stroke. I made it a point to make sure I knew it word for word once I got out of the hospital! I am thankful for God's love, His gentleness, and His fierce protection! Thank you for the opportunity to share here today. Many Blessings to you and your family my friend!

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  3. I really enjoyed that post, Michele. Thank you for linking up with me at Thankful Thursdays.

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  4. Horace,Isn't it amazing how scripture works it's way through the hard times! Once we commit to memory God's Word, it stays. I always enjoy reading your comments because I receive a blessing from them. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. Hi Lori,
    I love the focus on Christ as both strong and powerful, but yet tender and compassionate. I always talk with my boys about that. That in their pursuit to be Christ-like, they need to find that balance. They are both intense competitive athletes in a world of a lot of strength and power, but little compassion and tenderness. I pray always that God keeps them aligned with His path!!
    Thanks, as always, for blessing me each week with your posts and link up!
    Hugs,
    Lori

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  6. Thanks so much for hosting. I added your bloghop badge here for other bloggers to see: http://brickn.com/bloghops/thursday

    Have a great day!
    The Quiet Mom making the perfect rice krispies bars (http://thequietmom.com/blog/recipe/perfect-rice-krispies-bars-recipe)

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  7. Psalm 23 is a very favorite of mine, God has used this many times to remind me that He is in control. I'm thankful that He is the Shepherd of my life. thanks Lori, love you.

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  8. Such a beautiful post about out sweet Savior. Loved being reminded that he's there to guide and protect.

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  9. Thanks, Tori! I hope you've had a blessed weekend.

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  10. Thanks, Momma. It's one of my favorites too!

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  11. Thank you! I hope to see you again for the next linkup.

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