Bible Verse: The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1

Scripture Reading: Psalm 23

Job titles seem to get stranger every day, to the point it is hard to know what some people actually do. A Janitor becomes a Custodial Engineer and a Customer Service Representative becomes a Retail Experience Ambassador. Here are some other real job titles I found online:

  • Snake Milker – Someone who milks snakes of their venom.
  • Animal Colourist – Someone who dyes animals for movies and marketing campaigns.
  • Legal Bank Robber – Someone who tests how easy it is to penetrate bank security.
  • Professional Mourner – Someone who is paid to cry for you at a funeral.
  • Paranoid in Chief – Someone who is the chief information security officer for Yahoo.

Who knew?

When David wrote Psalm 23 and described God as his shepherd, the role of a shepherd was common knowledge. David had even been a shepherd. He knew what he was talking about. However, in our modern world most of us have very little idea what a shepherd does. I mean most of us can figure out it involves spending a lot of time with sheep, but we aren’t clear on the full job description.

A shepherd has three main responsibilities: to guide, provide and protect. A shepherd leads the herd to freshwater, food and shelter while watching for stragglers. They also watch for predators, whether they are other animals or potential thieves. A good shepherd keeps the sheep safe while making sure they have what they need to be healthy and grow.

To think that the creator and sustainer of the universe is our shepherd! What a blessing it is to have a good shepherd.

Jeff Stearns, Promise Keepers Canada


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