I read “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23” a number of years ago and still reap the benefits from the insights it gave. I remember when certain passages of the Bible were required reading in Sunday school and public school. We all had to memorize Psalm 23 and the ‘Lord’s Prayer” found in the New Testament book of Matthew chapter 6, verses 9-13. So I have had this in my heart since childhood, but it didn’t come to life until I read this book and got the history behind the Psalm. This book tells you why the writer of Psalm 23 could say, “The Lord is my shepherd.” The author grew up in East Africa where he experienced firsthand the life of a herdsman. He also made a living as a sheep rancher. He portrays from his experience the nature of the shepherd and the nature of sheep. He takes each verse of the 23 Psalm and causes you to see the bond that exists between the shepherd and his sheep. The care, provision, and protection that are provided by the shepherd are what keep the sheep alive. The sheep grow to trust the shepherd, but being sheep and very dumb, they still can get into some bad situations. This book provides real life imagery that makes the meaning of the passage stick in your mind. The point of this Psalm, which I think the author brings to light, is that our Creator God is always caring for us even though we reject that care. Those who choose to accept His shepherding, I think will experience the best He has to offer. From the perspective of one of His sheep, this is a wonderful book that helped me to see my Shepherd in a new light.
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