Words from the Heart for Monday February 15th, 2021
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows…
Psalm 23:1-2a (NLT)
Herding livestock is one of the oldest jobs for dogs. There are many breeds of herding dogs as well as many styles of herding. For example, the Border Collie commonly uses what is called “the eye” when herding sheep — a glare which asserts their dominance over the sheep. Others are well known for their ability to dart in and nip the heels of cattle. Stockdogs are used on many farms and ranches across Canada and mostly work with cattle and sheep.
I’ve been reading an interesting book on the history of England before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Land was owned by a lord, who grew rich off the backs of those who rented his land to eke out an existence. While some were kind and understanding, most lords were not. 90% of Englishmen were peasants who struggled to put food on their tables and a dry roof over their heads. What a contrast to Jesus, the Lord of lords. Psalm 23:1-2a says “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows…” Jesus is the Shepherd Lord. A shepherd doesn’t take advantage of the sheep. He cares for them and provides all that they need. Shepherds are a classic example of the Biblical description of servant leadership. Jesus says a true shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. Jesus is that true shepherd. He lay down His life on the Cross to defeat Satan, the one who comes only to steal, kill and destroy. King David, the author of this beloved Psalm, had experienced the love of the Shepherd Lord in His own life. You can experience Him as well as you reach out today in faith.
These have been words from the heart.