Tag: Psalm 23

In The Shepherd’s Arm


f720a6Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand,

and His arm shall rule for Him;

Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.

He will feed His flock like a shepherd;

He will gather the lambs with His arm,

and carry them in His bosom

and gently lead those who are with young

(Isaiah 40:10-11).

In the Shepherd’s arm, He carries me in His bosom – close to His heart.

For He is our God,

And we are the people of His pasture,

And the sheep of His hand.

Today, if you will hear His voice:

(Psalm 95:7).

Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice 

(John 18:37).

In the Shepherd’s arm, His is the first voice I hear. Even closer than my ear, He speaks to my heart.th-2

I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own .

As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father;

and I lay down My life for the sheep.

And other sheep I have which are not of this fold;

them also I must bring,

and they will hear My voice;

and there will be one flock and one shepherd

(John 10:14-16).

In the Shepherd’s arm, I am part of His flock, the family of God. The Good Shepherd is big enough and strong enough to carry all of us – He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom (Isaiah 40:10). We are all close to His heart.

My sheep hear My voice,

and I know them,

and they follow Me (John 10:27).

“And where I go you know and the way you know…

I am the way, the truth, and the life.

No one comes to the Father except through Me”

(John 14:4, 6).

In the Shepherd’s arm, I know wherever He takes me is the right way to go.

th-1Know that the Lord, He is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture

(Psalm 100:3).

You are My flock,

the flock of My pasture;

you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord God

(Ezekiel 34:31).

In the Shepherd’s arm, I know I belong to Him.

The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake

(Psalm 23:1-3).

In the Shepherd’s arm, I can rest in His presence, trust in His protection.

And the glory which You gave Me I have given them,

that they may be one just as We are one;

I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one,

and that the world may know that You have sent Me,

and have loved them as You have loved Me

(John 17:22-23).

Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead,

that great Shepherd of the sheep,

ththrough the blood of the everlasting covenant,

make you complete in every good work to do His will,

working in you what is well pleasing in His sight,

through Jesus Christ,

to whom be glory forever and ever.


(Hebrews 13:20-21).

In the Shepherd’s arm, we can glorify Him.

© Stephanie B. Blake

December 2016


Situational Awareness: A Life Principle

Situational awareness is a term familiar to pilots. Flight instructors teach their students that it is imperative to hone their observation skills: to be aware of everything around them at any given moment and in every circumstance. They must be prepared to react to anything unexpected in the flight path.

The same is true for operating any moving vehicle. When the operator loses focus or is distracted, he is no longer situationally aware and can put himself and others in danger. That is the reason cell phone usage while driving has been outlawed in many places.

Whenever possible, my husband and I try to start our day with a walk. He is the leader. I follow. I need to observe his every move. If he turns left, I need to turn left. If he crosses the street, I need to go with him. It is not as easy as it sounds because I have a tendency to lag behind. I have on occasion lost sight of him and for a brief moment, have a sense of panic.

I need to keep my eyes on him not only because I want to walk with him, but also because I often don’t know where I am. God neglected to put a compass in my brain. Since I am also inclined to fall, I have to watch the ground and him at the same time. One morning, God provided a big stick for me to use as a walking stick and that did help a great deal. I was able to keep my balance and enjoy the surroundings a bit more since I didn’t have to keep my eyes on the path every second. I enjoy the walks, but I do have to be situationally aware of my husband’s leadership and my surroundings.

A believer also needs to be situationally aware. There are lots of obstacles on the path of life. In order not to be tripped up requires a constant focus on Jesus. As the living Word, He is our guide. It is up to us to finely develop observation skills so that we recognize when we have deviated from the path He has chosen for us. It is possible to ask for help and get back on the right path again, but when we realize we have lost sight of Jesus, there can be a moment of panic. His written word can serve as a rod to guide us. As we hold it dearly in our minds and our hearts, it is easier to keep our eyes on Him.

The Lord is my shepherd. . . He leads me beside the still waters. . . He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His names’s sake. . .I will fear no evil; for You are with me: Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:1,2,3,4).