The closing statement of this Psalm ‘be their shepherd and carry them forever’ brings to mind the lovely story that the Lord Jesus told about the shepherd who had one hundred sheep and one ends up going missing leaving ninety nine but the care of the shepherd made him look for the missing one, Luke 15:1-7, then bringing the lost one home on his shoulders, rejoicing he had found that which was lost. The shepherd carried the sheep on his shoulders; typically the strongest part of the body, he was taking no chance of the sheep going missing again.
What a wonderful picture, expression of the great truth of God’s protection. No one Jesus says will snatch them from his hand, John 10:28, then adds that we are in the father’s hand and no one can snatch them from that wonderful place John 10:29.
How wonderful a situation that we who were once lost to God have been sought by God in Jesus coming to where we are and for all our past failures he gives us this double protection. I am convinced we enjoy God’s double protection.
‘For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’. Romans 8:38-39
Written by G. Stoves Dec 1, 2016