As to the sheep of Christ’s fold, only the presence of their Shepherd, their Master, and Protector, will quiet and reassure them when danger lurks — be it specter or substantive in nature. “The LORD is my Shepherd…” (Psalm 23).
If the Lord delights in guiding birds in their migrations, isn’t it reasonable to assume He wants to guide our lives? Sure — and yet I find a major source of stress common with Christians is reluctance when it comes to decision making and the will of God; doubts either that He is leading us or that His intentions for us are good.
David reminds us in Psalm 23 that God does in fact lead His sheep. All we need do is follow where He takes us — and not get ahead of Him when “things” seem a little fuzzy or when it seems God is moving too slow!
This beloved hymn celebrates God’s devoted care for His people – the sheep that He tends as the Good Shepherd. It is only by trusting in Him that we can be assured of eternal life in the “green pastures” of heaven for eternity.