The Lord is pictured as David’s shepherd, leading him in righteousness.
Perhaps the most outstanding characteristic of sheep is that they cannot take care of themselves. The demands of life exceed their intelligence and their abilities. They must have a shepherd. Man is the same. While there is a vast and gratifying difference between men and sheep, the demands of life for men exceed their intelligence and abilities. We also need a shepherd, the Lord. He is the Great Shepherd. He will lead us. The question is: Will we follow?
Thank the Lord that He hears and answers our prayers, and praise Him that His answers are good:
I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable. . .
I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works (Psalm 145:1-3, 5).
Pause for praise and thanksgiving.
As you seek to keep your life free from sin, pray this confession to the Lord:
My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world (1 John 2:1-2).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
-- Greater personal discipline
-- Your activities for the day
-- Whatever else is on your heart
Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:
Every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13).