God Knows Us By Name
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have everything I need.
It seem like everyday we need to be reassured that God knows us by name. Some may think that we can handle life by our limited human senses, but in reality we are defenseless and helpless as sheep.
“Sheep aren’t smart. They tend to wander into running creeks for water, then their wool grows heavy and they drown. They need a shepherd to lead them to ‘calm water’ (Ps. 23:2). They have no natural defense—no claws, no horns, no fangs. They are helpless. Sheep need a shepherd with a ‘rod and … walking stick’ (Ps. 23:4) to protect them. They have no sense of direction. They need someone to lead them ‘on paths that are right’ (Ps. 23:3).
So do we. We, too, tend to be swept away by waters we should have avoided. We have no defense against the evil lion who prowls about seeking whom he might devour. We, too, get lost.
We need a shepherd. We need a shepherd to care for us and to guide us. And we have one. One who knows us by name.”
The minute that we get that into our souls, we get a sense of relief. Yes, there is someone stronger and wiser guiding it all. Someone who is lovely taking care of things. Sure, we have a responsibility to do what He wants us to do. But then after that, we can rest knowing that He is holding us in His arms.