The Heart of a Shepherd

“And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them” (Psalm 78:70-72).

David’s brothers were all seasoned soldiers for the king’s army (i.e warriors). David occupied a position very typical for the youngest in the family, a shepherd. This was a position with little prospect for advancement. This seemingly small job was exactly what David needed to prepare him for his future assignment, but he did not now that yet. 

One day, David was summoned by his father to bring his brothers food on the battlefield and report on their well-being. David responded to the Valley of Elah and learned that a Philistine giant named Goliath was taunting the Israeli army. None of the soldiers were willing to fight Goliath and David demanded to know why. His comments soon made their way to the commander in chief and David was brought before King Saul to explain why he was “undermining the morale of the troops”. David’s answer was “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him”(1 Samuel 17:32).

David’s resume was unimpressive. Everyone laughed at this poor shepherd boy. His brothers were most likely embarrassed by him. He had little experience, but preparation in the pasture prepared David for victory. 

Years later, another unimpressive shepherd walked into Israel. He challenged the people and they too scoffed at his resume. They doubted and ridiculed him even accusing him of being demon possessed. Like David, Jesus endured their abuse. Unlike David, Jesus laid down his life for his sheep. The Ultimate Good Shepherd. 

If God can take David from the sheep pens and make him a king, imagine what he can do for you, if you make God first place in your life? Despite David’s many sins, God saw the capability of David’s great heart.

(Some of the illustrations in this devotional were obtained from “The Bible 30 Day Experience”)

1.) What are some of the ways Jesus shepherds me?

2.) On Spotify or Youtube, take some time to listen to a musical setting of Psalm 23 or Isaiah 40:11

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