The Lord

At face value, we may react, "Come on, we are not really like sheep!! Sheep need protection, guidance, and someone to watch over them. We are not that helpless!!"
That is right. But then this Psalm was written by someone who slew a giant in his early teens!! David was no pushover and yet he uses this imagery to express the way he felt towards God.

In the midst of all that we do to achieve success, we can tend to forget that all our achievements are fragile. Strength can turn into weakness in a moment. That which seems unshakable can shake in a moment. Position, power, influence everything is transient. In this light David knew that if it were not for God, who is the ultimate Mover behind these achievements, we cannot have security. That is why David remained God dependant all his life. Even the confidence that he had in his classic confrontation with Goliath was based on his confidence in God. He said...

 "David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied."
1 Samuel 17:45

When we are God dependant in our lives, we will be able to see the security that David enjoyed. Interestingly, he faced a degree of stress that very few face in their lives.

This sense of God's Presence with us can also inspire us to great heights. David Livingston, a pioneer missionary to Africa made the following statement, based on his trust in the Word of God as found in Matthew 28:20.

“Shall I tell you what sustained me amidst the trials and hardships and loneliness of my exiled life? . . . It was a promise, the promise of a gentleman of the most sacred honor. It was this promise: ‘Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world’” - David Livingston.

Dear people of God "Shalom." May your souls find His rest. May you find security in Him and achieve great things for Him.

Rampert Ratnaiya.