A Psalm of David
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. (KJV- Psalms 23)
It is all through the Bible, in metaphor, that we, as a people, are the sheep, a part of the herd. Sheep are always straying here and there from the herd. That is where the shepherd come in. The shepherd protects the herd, keep the herd together, ensure the herd gets to the green pastures to be fed and, of course, gets the water that is need to ensure life. The shepherd is very important to the sheep as the sheep is very important to the shepherd.
Let us look at what the sheep provide to the shepherd. The sheep provide wool for the making of a lot of items, grass cutting as it feeds, fertilizing material as it defecates and, of course, meat for the table. They both work hand in hand and provide for each other in a congenital frame of mind. Then there is mankind today, the metaphorical sheep of yesteryear.
People today do not want anyone over them, bossing them around, telling them what they can and can not do. People today want to be independent, going their own way and doing what they want to do. They do not want to be a part of the herd nor do they want to be reigned in even if it is for their own good. They do not want the shepherd.
The shepherd make the sheep lie down in green pastures. The sheep do not want to be told when to rest nor when to eat, no matter the reason, good or bad. It is a serious thing when people do not get enough sleep or eat correctly and it develops into major health problems that infringe on life. This does not cover someone telling you what to drink or when to drink it.
This is where we are today and, in fact, have always been. Although it is the Lord telling us what to do, we, as humanoids, still want to do what we want to do. The Lord gives us protection, food, water, a safe place to sleep and He gives us rest. However, all He asks is obedience in His commandments and teachings. Not just for the few minutes of going to church or whichever place of worship that is chosen. He wants daily worship and obedience. Not every now and then but every minute of the day (KJV- St. Matthew 25:12).
Stray too far and not be found or continue to do whatever and not be saved. Want the Lord and lie down in green pastures beside the still waters and be saved by being obedient. Remember, as a child, being disobedient bought chastisement, correction and more. For every action there is a reaction and, as a people, we do not know what the reaction will be or when. He will come as a thief in the night (KJV-Job 24:14).