The Lord My Shepherd
I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak
We have already studied that God created everything, so we know it is not an accident that God frequently compares humans and sheep. There are many striking similarities, in fact, if we study the behaviors of sheep it will cause us to have more faith and trust in our shepherd Yahweh Raah.
One of the major themes of Yahweh Raah throughout scripture is that the Great Shepherd will make his sheep lie down. God promises in His Kingdom we will have rest, and surely this is part of the reason. But what is striking about the claim that God Himself will make His sheep lie down is the promise hidden inside that our suburban ears don’t hear. Sheep will never lie down unless they are free from all tension in the herd, all fear of danger, any aggravation from pests, and have no hunger or threat of hunger. When God promises to make His sheep lie down we rest knowing that our Shepherd meets every need we have!
Do you believe that God, known as Yahweh Raah in scripture, can and will meet every need you have?
– Repent of not lying down because you don’t trust Yahweh Raah to remove your fears, relational discord, torment from pests, or hunger.
– Pray and ask Yahweh Raah to give you the faith to lie down and trust in His care for you.
– Listen and think about how Yahweh Raah is taking care of your needs even now. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal where God is taking care of you and you have not even noticed.
– Meditate on Psalm 23. Think about all the work and care the shepherd puts in to take care of His sheep. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how Yahweh Raah is putting that kind of care into taking care of you.