Shepherd will lead to even further blessings for the sheep.
"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." Isaiah 55:1
|They say I'm a little rebellious & need Restoration! What do EWE think?|
|Who's leading us? Are Ewe sure the Shepherd knows about this?|
David continues the Psalm by stating another key responsibility of the Shepherd, the role of restoring the sheep.Sheep can easily find themselves in life & death situations, particularly if they are "cast down". A "cast down" sheep is an old English shepherd's term for a sheep that has literally been turned over on its back & unable to get up. "Cast" sheep are absolutely helpless, & will eventually die, unless the Shepherd arrives in a timely fashion. Shepherds must be on the alert for missing sheep, their vulnerability to predators, & their critical need for rapid restoration.
"By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade."
Author Desiderius Erasmus
"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." Galatians 6:1
|Bleat! Bleat! Bleat! "I'm Falling & I Can't Get UP!"|
|Don't EWE worry about a thing. I'll carry EWE the rest of the way!|
"He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake." Psalm 23:3b
David now confirms in the Psalm, that sheep need to be led into the "right" paths by the wise Shepherd. Characteristically, sheep are "creatures of habit", finding themselves walking on the same paths, & grazing in the same pastures until they are moved. As a result of their "bad" habits, ruts & gullies are formed, & pastures are turned into literal wastelands. Thankfully, the wise Shepherd is intimately acquainted with the sheep, & knows that managing the land & the sheep properly, will involve keeping the sheep "on the move"! Healthy sheep must be led into new paths & new pasture lands, thus preserving the health of both the sheep & the land. This is the scene that David, as a Shepherd, is personally acquainted with, & is vividly painting for us in the 23rd Psalm.
"True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not to enrich the leader."
--John C. Maxwell
|I can't wait to get to the new pasture. ARE WE THERE YET?|
|Life is Good here, but don't Ewe get too "Comfy"! We're about to be MOVED!|
Sheep are in need of more management & guidance than any other domesticated livestock. The Good Shepherd is aware of their needs & keenly leads them accordingly!
|I just follow the Shepherd cause He knows what's best!|
|Ewe know I'd be "Lost" without a Shepherd!|
"I am come that they might have life, & that they might have it more abundantly."