Think Like A Sheep From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour!

Thanks so much for joining me today for a little Coffee Hour. I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am to know that you have set aside the distractions of your life to share this time with me and receive what He has given me to write. Grab your coffee and let’s get back to the pasture with David.

We left off with acknowledging the use of the word “my.” The next adjective David uses to describe the Lord of his life is one that immediately brings tenderness into this setting; that of “Shepherd.” I see another STOP sign! 🙂

Shepherd, in Hebrew translates as ra ah (raw-aw) and has several interesting adjectives to describe its meaning. First, the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance says: “to tend a flock; i.e. pasture, to rule; to associate with, as a friend; to feed, to pastor, a companion.” As a verb, ra ah means “to associate with.”

Now before we bring those adjectives into this part of the scripture, picture a green pasture, a slight breeze causing the blades of grass to dance. There’s a fence around the outer perimeter, just a small one about five feet tall, and over at the far end is – Oh, that’s David, leaning on the fence, looking deep in thought while looking out at the sheep. I can only imagine him meditating on all that his Shepherd meant to him according to the Hebrew definitions. I just know that he felt all of the Hebrew meanings in his Jewish soul down to his toes as he penned this psalm: The Lord is my companion, the one who feeds me, my friend, the one who tends to me, my needs; He is the ruler and decision maker of my life.

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Oh, how powerful to just repeat these words aloud! Go ahead, try it; see if that doesn’t bring you a beautiful pasture-like stilled-water type peace! 🙂

Before we close today, let me give you a pretty cool fact I learned in my research: Psalm 23 is actually grouped with two other psalms in the Psalter –a Psalter is a volume containing the book of Psalms, often with other devotional material bound with it as well, such as a liturgical calendar and litany of the saints – right in between Psalm 22 & 24. Each one represents a different work of Christ for us. For example, Psalm 22 paints a prophetic picture of the death of Jesus on the cross and portrays the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. Psalm 23 is the resurrected Shepherd caring for His sheep, and finally, Psalm 24 speaks of the Shepherd returning for His sheep!

Take some time to graze in the pastures of these psalms this weekend!



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2 Responses to “Think Like A Sheep From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Neenee says:

    Thank you! I always read aloud the words of what you blog. I have to say the description of David in the pasture brought me right to that place. Oh how I desire to go to that green pasture and lay there with my sweet Jesus holding me and listen to my and knowing He knows all my needs.

  2. Jan Bachelor says:

    My thoughts are drawn to the fact that everything stated in the 23rd Psalm is an “absolute” and “definite”. Statements of the NOW of David’s knowing without shadow of doubt of the authority and power of the Great God “I AM” in every area. No lack anywhere. The depth of this particular Psalm in very multi faceted and touches upon body, mind & soul. What a magnificent picture he has drawn for us.