Sheep are literally all over the Bible. They’re mentioned more often — precisely 200 times — than any other Bible animal. In fact, as unflattering as it may seem, we humans are repeatedly likened to those four-legged fuzzballs.

Accordingly, this week here on GUWG we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the spiritual significance of these humble but not-all-that-bright creatures.

I could think of no better place to start than Psalm 23. Spend the next few moments alone with our Great Shepherd. Let each word seep into your soul, fill your mind and quiet your heart. Be a sheep.

The Lord is my shepherd,
I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down
in green pastures,
he leads me beside
quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along
the right paths
for his name’s sake.
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.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
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.


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