During this time of suffering and isolation we all have an opportunity to turn to the Lord as King David did in writing this deeply touching psalm. In his youth he was a shepherd so he understood the dependence of the sheep on the shepherd.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus identifies Himself as the Good Shepherd. But what exactly does this mean? First of all Jesus says he lays down His life for His sheep…us. If one of us strays or leaves the fold He will come after us and bring us back lovingly.
The Psalm reminds us “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are at my side. Your rod and your staff they comfort me.” We need Him to protect and guide us as never before because we are truly walking through a fearful valley of pandemic death and suffering today.
Jesus says again “I know mine and they know me.” Sheep know the masters voice. He knows each one of us personally. He calls us each by name. Listen to His voice daily. Be still before the Lord and be a good listener. Say with Samuel “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.” Write down any words or thoughts that enter your mind.
Today, we need to make the Good Shepherd the center of our life. Remember to stay close to Him for He will restore your soul. You shall want for nothing. Surely goodness and love will follow you all the days of your life.