by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Psalm 23 is most likely the best known chapter in the Bible. This meditation comes from a farm boy who grew up with sheep and raised bottle-fed lambs. When the psalmist says “the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,” he is saying something about sheep and their needs.
Sheep are completely dependent upon a shepherd. They are pretty helpless animals. They have poor eye sight but excellent hearing! A whole flock may all be "baaing" at the same time and a mother sheep can pick out her lamb’s cry. To us it sounds like noise, to the lamb it sounds like mom’s voice and they are reunited. I’ve seen it happen dozens of times. They depend greatly on hearing.
Our sheep recognized my father’s voice; he would call the sheep and they would come to him. They knew his voice. When my brother-in-law called them, they ignored him completely. They didn’t know his voice. As a sheep in the flock of the Good Shepherd, listen for his voice as you go about today.