March 18

King David became the greatest king of Israel and one of the great kings of ancient history. For that past several posts we have been defining and delineating the source of his greatness. He wasn’t great only for what he did, he was great for who he was! His greatness came from the inside out.

Before he was anointed king or ascended to the throne, David was great as a shepherd because he was present, he was alert and we was ready.

Doesn’t that sort of remind you of another great Shepherd Who became King?

“1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23

So, is this Shepherd present? Always!

Is this Shepherd alert? Extremely!

Is this Shepherd ready? Constantly!

But, wait! There’s more!

“7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:7-16
A shepherd like this makes me happy to be a sheep! His sheep!

He’s a shepherd I am thrilled to follow!

What about you?

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