This look at one of the names of God is going to focus on one of His more popular names or roles; that of our Shepherd. This name is commonly known because of Psalm 23 and its “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” The fact that it is “Jehovah-Rohi” shows us that being a shepherd is a part of Who God is, meaning it is His character to be our shepherd.
We know from scripture that there are good shepherds and bad shepherds. One of the differences was to see if the shepherd would be willing to give his life for his sheep. In God we have the ultimate shepherd, He sees to us, cares for us lives alongside of us… and did indeed die for us. If one of us goes astray, He comes for us, not to condemn us but to get us out of whatever trouble we’ve found and bring us home.
The other aspect of a shepherd that many people tend to forget is that they do desire the sheep to follow them. A sheep knows the shepherd’s voice and was expected to follow along, staying close to the shepherd. I always like to imagine the Holy Spirit as the Shepherd’s sheep dog. Not in any negative sense of course, but in the sense that the Holy Spirit is what helps guide us, and helps us tune into the shepherd’s commands. All we have to do is listen for the Shepherd’s voice and respond when He calls; we have to trust Him, in other words, faithe on Him.
One aspect of all of this that should give us comfort, is that God is so far above us, that we are compared to the sheep, while He’s the shepherd. Sheep aren’t the smartest animals on earth, but have their place, and their uses. But note; the Shepherd is in charge, and it is His duty to see to the sheep. If a threat approaches the sheep, it is the Shepherd who deals with it. How wonderful to be a sheep protected and loved by God Himself!
How wonderful to be able to say, as David did, the LORD is my Shepherd, it is He Who leads, guides, loves, and protects me. If I stray, He comes to get me. Another awesome aspect? That Shepherd, God Himself, became a Lamb that gave its life for me, and you, and to rid of us of sin and the penalty of the law. This Lamb is so perfect, He meets every criteria of a perfect sacrifice. Hold on to the fact that God, the Creator of all things, is your Shepherd the second you heed His call. When times get tough, remember Who your Protector is, call out to Him, He will hear you.