He leads me…
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them …
Throughout Jewish tradition, the idea of a shepherd carries a lot of significance. A true shepherd; a good shepherd tends to his flock with love and devotion, providing each sheep with exactly what it requires. A true shepherd; a good shepherd knows each individual sheep His is a gaze that never shifts from his flock.
In days such as these we need that comfort that Yahweh Ra'ah: "the Lord Is My Shepherd" is with us, we belong to Him. He knows each one of us intimately, He knows us each by name. Not only does He know us but He calls us, speaks to us, guides and helps us. So all the more our need to take time to listen and respond.
At the beginning of this year I heard the Lord speak to me quite clearly. I was praying asking was there something I should be focusing on in the coming year and immediately I sensed Him say, ‘Read and meditate on Psalm 23 every day, it will be pertinent in the days ahead.’ Since then I have found this Psalm is so relevant in many situations and often I find I’m praying through it with and for people and what they are journeying through. As I approached Lent I sensed that these reflections should encourage folk to consider the words of this Psalm.
Today my prayer is that you hear His voice and respond. May we walk close with Him in these days and avoid distractions that come our way.
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