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The Shepherd’s Psalm

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
—Psalm 23

SAVIOR, LIKE A SHEPHERD LEAD US

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Thy folds prepare.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus! Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

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To read and hear all the verses, some music only and some vocal, clicks on these links.

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/l/slaslus.htm

http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh381.sht

To read a bit of history of this wonderful hymn, click on this link.

http://songsandhymns.org/hymns/detail/savior-like-a-shepherd-lead-us

VERSES ON JESUS OUR SHEPHERD

John 10:1-16

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."

Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.

Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.

The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.

I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD SHEPHERD

1. Loves his sheep and develops a close, intimate relationship with them so that they know his voice and trust him

2. Understands the needs of the sheep better than they do

3. Understands what threatens sheep and what makes them sick

4. Works tirelessly to provide protection and security

5. Leads them to fresh pastures and fresh water

6. Searches out sheep when they stray

7. Defends sheep against all their enemies

8. Provides protection while they sleep

9. Shears them and examines each one for injury or disease

10. Goes ahead of sheep and prepares the path

11. Disciplines and corrects them

12. Comforts sheep when they are hurt or fearful

13. Keeps sheep "on the move" so they don’t get into a rut

14. Liberally anoints them with oil to prevent disease or to heal an injury

15. Keeps sheep from fighting and from hurting each other

16. Cares for, loves sheep, and sacrifices his life for them

17. Rejoices in the health, well-being, and prosperity of his flock

18. Will leave the flock to search for lost sheep

19. Experiences great joy in finding lost sheep

20. Carries the lambs close to his heart

21. Gently leads those with young

22. Gets deepest satisfaction from seeing that sheep are contented, well-fed, and safe

From Calvary Chapel Fredericksburg, VA

http://www.ccfred.org/women/doc/2004_study13.PDF

DEFINITION OF A SHEPHERD

Shepherd (plural shepherds) Noun

1. A person who tends sheep.

2. (Figuratively) Someone who watches over, looks after or guides somebody.

From Wiktionary

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/shepherd

ABOUT SHEPHERDING

Shepherding is one of the oldest occupations, beginning some 6,000 years ago in Asia Minor. Sheep were kept for their milk, meat, and especially their wool.

In ancient times shepherds also commonly milked their sheep, and made cheese from this milk; only some shepherds still do this today.

In many societies shepherds were an important part of the economy.

In modern times shepherding has changed dramatically.

In the USA, many sheep herds are flocked over public Bureau of Land Management lands.

Wages are higher than was the case in the past. Keeping a shepherd in constant attendance can be costly. Also, the eradication of sheep predators in parts of the world has lessened the need for shepherds. In places like Britain, hardy breeds of sheep are frequently left alone without a shepherd for long periods of time. More productive breeds of sheep can be left in fields and moved periodically to fresh pasture when necessary. Hardier breeds of sheep can be left on hillsides. The sheep farmer will attend to the sheep when necessary at times like lambing or shearing.

Excerpts from Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepherd