“Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us. Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” Psalm 80:1-3
I love this name for the Lord. He is the Shepherd of Israel. He is my Shepherd, too. That image speaks of strength, gentleness, compassion, patience, and protection. The Shepherd is one I can trust and follow. He will lead me in safe places where I have what I need and am taken care of. He is my provider.
And yet, in this psalm the prayer is to awaken His might. He is not only a gentle Shepherd, He is a mighty Warrior who saves.
He is all I need.
Thank You, Gentle Shepherd, for being all that I need. I love You