At Friendship Fellowship at Mosaic in Colorado Springs, the team will be celebrating week 2. They are talking about shepherds as an occupation, as an image, and as a philosophy. King David knew what it was like to be a Shepherd. While his brothers were being interviewed for a job he was out shepherding. When the interviewer asked if there were any other men in the family, David’s name came up, and God chose him to be the leader of the Israelite s.
The Lord is my Shepherd
What kind of occupation is a Shepherd? A theologian recently said, “If leadership was more about shepherding than we’d have a lot more healthy flocks in the community.” A shepherd is someone who watches out for the flock. A pastor who is a shepherd helps his congregation deal with the obstacle course we all run in life. With our abilities, our disabilities and all the things we need to do, all the things that we are bombarded with, from media, to advertisements, to temptations and everything else the world throws at us, we get an image of the shepherd who leads us, counts us, and knows our name. He leads us to lie down and get the rest that we need. “I shall not want anything else. I don’t need anything else.” The memory verse is that Psalm 23:1.
Shepherds know what we need
Many people who are part of the flock at Mosaic and the two other Friendship Fellowship Churches in Colorado, are in wheel chairs. Their shepherds lead them usually to good places. When in need it could be the doctor, or to Friendship (if they choose to go). There are others who can’t speak, the shepherd, mentor and leader sometimes has to be their voice. The Shepherds in people’s lives need to be trustworthy and intuitive in knowing what the person needs. “You have to know when something is not right and read the signals,” one counselor told DSNM examiner. “We can tell when someone is ill, or in pain, by facial expressions or body language.” There are times that others will behave differently and that could be a sign of tweaking their medications, or to have a look at dietary, allergies, or something else, that is making them act out.
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Everyone: The Lord is my Shepherd
A Shepherd is a protector from danger. David would have to kill Bears and other wild animals to protect his sheep. He even got rid of a Giant to protect his people! While the leaders at Mosaic might not have to kill wild animals, they might need to watch out as they drive their clients somewhere. One of their jobs is to protect the Friends who attend.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
Everyone: The Lord is my Shepherd
Even after a rough day, and even in the middle of a conflict the Shepherd makes sure that his or her flock is fed and that they belong to the Lord. The psalmist writes:
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Everyone says: The Lord is my Shepherd
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Jesus tells his disciples that “you are my friends when you obey my commands. No longer slaves, I call you friends.”
Everyone: The Lord is my Shepherd.
The message at Friendship Fellowship this week is that God cares about how we feel. The Psalm for this week conveys that. While last week was a time where we talked about the words “majestic”, and “majesty.” This week the Friends can find comfort in that “The Lord is my Shepherd.”