A Table Before Me
"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies..."(Psalm 23:5).
The shepherd leads his sheep from pasture to pasture. As he walks along he is always looking for special treats for his sheep. He may notice some sweet juicy herbs that sheep like. These herbs many times grow in places that the sheep cannot reach. He will pluck these herbs to feed to the sheep.
He may also notice young leaves or sweet fruit up in the trees. He will use his staff to pull the branches down so that he can get the leaves and fruit for the sheep.
The shepherd does not drop these things on the ground. He holds them in his hand behind his back as he walks along. The sheep come close and eat out of his hand. The sheep know that if they stay close to the shepherd they will get precious things to eat.
All of the animals who would like to kill and eat the sheep cannot do so while the sheep are close to the shepherd. All they can do is watch while the shepherd guides the sheep and feeds them. The sheep are safe as long as they stay close to the shepherd.
This is why it is important for us to stay close to the Good Shepherd, Jesus. He will feed us and keep us safe from our spiritual enemies. But we must be studying His word to be close to Him. And we must obey His word to be close to Him. Keep reading your Bible. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.
Published by The Old Paths Bible School