Pictures representing the 23rd Psalm generally show a beautiful valley with green grass, cool running water, and healthy sheep but reality is that every shepherd has to deal with sick sheep, weak sheep, wayward sheep. All sheep need care from time to time. Even even-tempered, obedient sheep must on occasion face hardship. The shepherd rejoices when the flock is well-fed, obedient, contented and lying down in green pastures, but they have to be kept on the move. Food and water supplies run out. Floods come and the shepherd has to seek higher ground. Sometimes valleys, rugged terrain, mud and mire must be crossed. There are cold and wet seasons; there are hot and dry seasons. New lambs must be birthed; old sheep must die. Mountains must be climbed; cliffs must be scaled. Muscles are build by effort not by a life of ease. But, remember, the good Shepherd is always there!
The paragraph above is from an essay called Jehovah-Rohi, My Guide.(2230 words). It is a static page on my Menu – Jehovah Names.