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.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
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 forever.
So, you want to be a pastor?
Pastor: ORIGIN late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman Frenchpastour, from Latin pastor ‘shepherd’, from past- ‘fed, grazed’, from the verb pascere .
As David describes the task list of the Shepherd:
Make them lie down, refresh their soul, guide them, be with them, comfort them, prepare a table for them, anoint them!
David knows his God as a Shepherd as God formed his life with the sheep! When the brothers stated the “go back to your sheep” as a minor, inferior duty, God used it to prepare a king! When Moses fled from the palace, God shaped and formed him in being a shepherd for this enormous job to lead a nation to its destiny.
We easily forget that David wrote the song from an experience with God and could so well write down the qualities he knew The Shepherd had, as it made him feel safe and excepted.
So, there is the shepherd and there we have the pastor…
How about being a father?
I think it would be great to: Make them lie down, refresh their soul, guide them, be with them, comfort them, prepare a table for them, anoint them! It will make you a great shepherd for your flock!