The Good Shepherd

(James Smith, "Manna in the Wilderness" 1863)

"I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep!" John 10:11

Jesus does not drive His sheep before Him — but draws them after Him. "He will feed His flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in His arms, holding them close to His heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young!" Isaiah 40:11. Our Shepherd has . . .
   a quick eye to see danger,
   a kind heart to help and feed, and
   a strong arm to defend and save!

He leads His sheep into green pastures — and beside the still waters. Beneath the shadow of a great rock — He causes them to rest at noon. He leads them on as they are able, and does not allow one to be over-driven or neglected. He calls all of His sheep by their names, and leads them in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Beneath His care — they are safe, happy, and honorable! He will give unto them eternal life — and will not allow one of them to perish!