I have been reading the fourth and final book of Streams in the Desert (also known as Traveling Toward Sunrise) by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman (I have posted one or two things from her books on here before – they are my favorite devotional books!) before I go to bed at night, and even though the book is geared towards those who are at a later stage in life than I am, I have been enjoying the encouragement to keep one’s eyes focused on Christ no matter what, and I hope I remember these words when I reach the later years of my life!
I read this devotional a few days ago and the woman’s description of the way she believes she read the twenty-third psalm made me smile – but I also saw the truth in her words and it made me question how I view the Lord as my Shepherd.
“I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him…(2 Tim. 1:12)
A dear Christian once said to me: “I have always known that He is called the good Shepherd, but it meant nothing to me; and I believe I read the twenty-third Psalm as though it were written, ‘The Lord is the sheep, and I am the shepherd, and if I don’t keep a tight hold on Him, He will run away.’
“When dark days came, I never thought that He would stick by me; and when my soul was starving and cried out for food, I never dreamed He would feed me. I see now that I never looked upon Him as faithful Shepherd at all.
“I myself am not one bit better or stronger, but I have discovered I have a good Shepherd and that is all I need! I see now it really is true that ‘the Lord is my Shepherd, and I shall not want.”” ~Mrs. Pearsall Smith
When we realize that God gives His attention to us personally, then we understand the sweetness of the words “My Shepherd.”
God makes special study of the necessities of His children.
Image taken from https://restlesspilgrim.net/blog/2012/04/24/saving-shepherd/