By W. Phillip Keller
'The Lord is my shepherd, I shall now not be in wish ...' commute the shepherd's route to the fairway pastures and funky, clean waters of Psalm 23. As a shepherd, Phillip Keller stocks his insights into the existence and personality of sheep---and of the great Shepherd who loves and cares for them. This loved vintage will provide new intending to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your belief in and love for the Lord who watches heavily over you.
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This prevents overgrazing of the forage. It also avoids the rutting of trails and erosion of land from overuse. It forestalls the reinfestation of the sheep with internal parasites or disease, since the sheep move off the infested ground before these organisms complete their life cycles. In a word — there must be a predetermined plan of action, a deliberate, planned rotation from one grazing ground to another in line with right and proper principles of sound management. This is precisely the sort of action and the idea David had in mind when he spoke of being led in paths of righteousness.
Such abuse means loss of fertility and the exposure of the land to all the ravages of erosion. Because of the behavior of sheep and their preference for certain favored spots, these well-worn areas become quickly infested with parasites of all kinds. In a short time a whole flock can thus become infected with worms, nematodes, and scab. The final upshot is that both land and owner are ruined while the sheep become thin, wasted, and sickly. The intelligent shepherd is aware of all this. Not only just for the welfare of his sheep and the health of his land, but also for his own sake and reputation as a rancher, he must take the necessary precautions to safeguard against these adverse animal traits.
She was one of the most attractive sheep that ever belonged to me. Her body was beautifully proportioned. She had a strong constitution and an excellent coat of wool. Her head was clean, alert, well-set with bright eyes. She bore sturdy lambs that matured rapidly. But in spite of all these attractive attributes she had one pronounced fault. She was restless — discontent — a fence crawler. So much so that I came to call her “Mrs. ” This one ewe produced more problems for me than almost all the rest of the flock combined.
A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller