Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Although you don't see many want ads saying, "Help wanted: Capable Shepherd", the job is still among the most ancient of occupations. It reaches back to the tending of the first domestic animals and was important for the protection and nourishment of the animals. When David penned the twenty-third Psalm he was writing from a personal on the job perspective of what it was to be a shepherd. A shepherd is one who guides his flock, guards them, and who directs with a particular direction in mind. David knew a good shepherd not only provides the necessary needs of his flock but provides still and safe places for them.

He writes, "The Lord is our shepherd", and we see that the Lord fulfills our immediate needs; and not only those, but He leads us to still and healthy places, even though we don't understand some of the paths He takes to get us there. David had a revelation of this truth; he recognized he was a simple sheep that would have to follow the Shepherd daily and not turn to the right or to the left. He learned to trust that the Lord knew the current path would lead him to a better place that only the Shepherd knew about, however hard of a place it was for him to be at the moment.

We must follow the Shepherd in trust and faith, because you can't follow if there is fear of the road ahead. Ponder the words of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

How are you following the Shepherd? Are you looking at your inadequacy, your fears, your circumstances, your storm, or are you keeping your thoughts and focus on the Shepherd who knows what is on the other side of the mountain?

The Lord is your Shepherd and He knows what you need. Not only that, but He also has a still and green place He wants you to be.  So don't look to the right or to the left, keep your focus on the Shepherd and abide in His Word each day.

56-0212 - "Fellowship"
Another amazing thing I noticed. The shepherd will come right down through the street, and on the side the man with their produce laying out there, there’ll be all kinds of appetizing things for the sheep, but the fellow that was driving me in the little jeep, he pulled over to one side, said, “Now, Brother Branham, watch this.” Said, “See that shepherd entering that market street there?”

I said, “Yes, sir.”

36 Said, “Now, watch him for a few minutes.” And he walked down through that street and about fifty sheep following him, walked right down through where all them fine things: pears and vegetables and things laying there which would be very tempting to the sheep, but them sheep followed the shepherd and never looked right or left, just went right on through with the shepherd. That shepherd could step out of line like this and every one of them sheep would put the same line going right through. Oh, my.
I said, “Brother, you excuse me for a minute. I just got to praise the Lord.” Following in the footsteps of the Shepherd, “My sheep know My Voice; a stranger they’ll not follow,” just move where He’d move. He’d go right there. He was tempted on every hand, everywhere. Keep your eyes on the Shepherd. Don’t look to yourself. Look at the Shepherd and move on.

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