Think About It My Friends!!! The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (Psalm 23:1). A Christian, that is a true one, cannot read this psalm without reflecting on the use of the first verse:In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of his own experience, because he spent his early years caring for sheep (1 Samuel 16:10, 11). Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection. The New Testament calls Jesus the good shepherd (John 10:11); the great shepherd (Hebrews 13:20,21); and the chief shepherd (1Peter 5:4). As the Lord is the good shepherd, so we are His sheep-not dumb, frightened, passive animals, but obedient followers wise enough to follow one who will lead us in the right places and in right ways. This psalm does not focus on the animal-like qualities of sheep, but certainty on the discipleship qualities of those who follow. When you recognize the good shepherd, follow him! Because when we allow God our shepherd to guide us, we have contentment. And when we choose to sin, however, we go our own way and cannot blame God for the environment we create for ourselves. Our shepherd knows the “green pastures” and “still waters” that will restore us. We will reach these places only by following him obediently. Rebelling against the shepherd’s leading is actually rebelling against our own best interests. We must remember this the next time we are tempted to go our own way rather than the shepherd’s way. My friends, death casts a frightening shadow over us because we are entirely helpless in its presence. We can struggle with other enemies-pain, suffering, disease, injury-but strength and courage cannot overcome death. It has the final word. Only one person can walk with us through death’s dark valley and bring us safely to the other side-the God of all life, our shepherd. Because life is uncertain, we should follow this shepherd who offers us eternal confidence, and life everlasting. Think About It My Friends, Think About It………….