Jane’s Heart to Heart …….Pastor’s Helpmate
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD Psalm 23:1a
The Shepherd and The Sheep
Several years ago at the MARBC Conference (1999) I received a complimentary copy of a children’s book entitled: COMFORT FOR A CHILD’S HEART, The Twenty-third Psalm and Bible Promises written and illustrated by David and Helen Haidele. While we were ministering at the Jonesville Baptist Church I compiled a series of lessons on the 23rd Psalm using some of the illustrations in that book. For the next few weeks I want to capsulize these lessons and share them with you.
In 2008 I started crocheting Loopie Lambs for our grandchildren for Christmas using ONE OF Vana White’s patterns. I made fifteen of them.
I actually only made one this size.. (most of you have met Arnie, ) because of the difficulty and cost of making the loops. So the rest were about half that size.
This year I realized that we had two more grandchildren and eleven greats plus three more on the way, who did not have a lamb. After making five of them my arthritis in my thumb and wrist prohibited my making any more and one of our daughters asked…. “Why don’t you make something a little easier,” and sent a link to a darling crocheted bunny with a little blanket.
I told her that the reason that I want them to have the lamb was for a reminder that “The Lord Is their Shepherd and they are His sheep.” I also included a short story about the 23 Psalm for their parents to read to them.
I searched on the internet and found some little lambs that were reasonable and bought enough for the rest of the children and those on the way and embellished them a bit to personalize them.
Psalm 23:1 A “The LORD is my shepherd…”
Let’s talk – Who is the LORD? He is the One who made the universe…the stars, the planets, apples and butterflies, owls and lions. The LORD made you and me and knows our every need. The LORD gave His only begotten Son to die on the Cross for us, the sheep. His Son, JESUS was also called the “Lamb of God”, John the Baptist said so when he saw Jesus coming… “Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the SIN of the world.”.
So, who is the Shepherd? Jesus said, “ I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep… And I lay down My life for the sheep.” John 10:11-15. The shepherd is one who watches over sheep and takes care of them. The shepherd never takes time off. Sheep are helpless and need the Shepherd always. The Lord Jesus is the good Shepherd. He gave up His life for you because He loves you and cares for you just as a shepherd cares for one of his lambs. He knows your name. He wants to be your shepherd. Sheep know the shepherd’s voice. They follow no one but their shepherd. Just like a sheep, you can learn to know and trust Jesus as your Good Shepherd and you can learn to follow him and do what He tells you. You know – the more hurried our pace the less we experience our “Shepherd”. If left to ourselves we will go until be fall down from exhaustion.
Do you trust Jesus as your Lord and Shepherd?
How often do you take time to be close to Jesus through prayer and Bible Reading ?
Get to know Him! You are one of His precious Lambs.
He speaks to us through our reading His Word.
How do we follow Him? …Through obedience to His Word.
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD