A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller

By W. Phillip Keller

'The Lord is my shepherd, I shall no longer be in wish ...' commute the shepherd's route to the fairway pastures and funky, clean waters of Psalm 23. As a shepherd, Phillip Keller stocks his insights into the lifestyles and personality of sheep---and of the great Shepherd who loves and cares for them. This cherished vintage will supply new intending to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your belief in and love for the Lord who watches heavily over you.

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In other words, He alone knows where the still, quiet, deep, clean, pure water is to be found that can satisfy His sheep and keep them fit. Generally speaking, water for the sheep came from three main sources: dew on the grass, deep wells, or springs and streams. Most ­people are not aware that sheep can go for months on end, especially if the weather is not too hot, without actually drinking, if there is heavy dew on the grass each morning. Sheep, by habit, rise just before dawn and start to feed.

I find myself delivered from fear. Rest returns and I can relax. This has come to me again and again as I grow older. It is the knowledge that my Master, my Friend, my Owner has things under 35 A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 2 3 control even when they may appear calamitous. This gives me great consolation, repose, and rest. ” It is the special office work of God’s gracious Spirit to convey this sense of the Christ to our fearful hearts. He comes quietly to reassure us that Christ Himself is aware of our dilemma and deeply involved in it with us.

A flock that is restless, discontented, always agitated and disturbed never does well. And the same is true of p ­ eople. It is not generally known that sheep are so timid and easily panicked that even a stray jackrabbit suddenly bounding from behind a bush can stampede a whole flock. When one startled sheep runs in fright a dozen others will bolt with it in blind fear, not waiting to see what frightened them. One day a friend came to call on us from the city. She had a tiny Pekingese pup along.

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