Some people would be turned off by being likened to a sheep. The poor critters are pretty helpless with their oversized bodies and wobbly legs. It’s a wonder that they’re even able to live on their own without the help of a shepherd. So when David likens himself to a sheep when he claims that the Lord is his shepherd, it doesn’t really seem like too much of a personal compliment. That’s not so bad, though, because it wasn’t meant to be a compliment: it was meant to be the truth. God is our shepherd because He cares for us and watches over us. He refreshes us and leads us. Isn’t it great that we don’t have to do that on our own – that we have a Heavenly Father who desires to play such an enormous role in our lives? It’s not insulting to be called a sheep; it’s an indication of ownership by our gracious Lord.
You are here: / / I am glad to be a sheep (Psalms 1-2, 15, and 22-24)
Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.