The image of a Shepherd can get lost on many of us. Especially if you’re an urbanite like myself. I think there might be 5 sheep in Southern CA. But it was most certainly a familiar image in Jesus’ day. Shepherding wasn’t just a common occupation at that time, it was a massively sacred theme throughout the Scriptures. So when Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd of the sheep” (John 10:11) lots of bells and whistles went off for those listening. They thought of David– the shepherd turned King. They thought of Psalm 23 when David said, “Yahweh is my Shepherd, I lack for nothing…” They thought of Ezekiel, when the Lord indicted the false shepherds who had betrayed and abused the sheep. More than anything, they probably thought of the promise which followed that indictment. “And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them… And I, Yahweh, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.” Ez 34:23-24 Jesus is that prophesied Shepherd who guards, defends, keeps, seeks after, feeds, and loves the sheep. As parents, it is our greatest hope that our children would know the Savior– that early they would turn to Him. This month’s hymn, “Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us” was written and published specifically with children in mind. We too however should take the words to heart and echo its prayer for God’s faithful response and fulfillment of His promises.
Many of you may know this hymn already. If this is an unfamiliar song for your family, please use our YouTube playlist to hear it so you can sing it with confidence. We’ve added several versions of the hymn to the top of list for you to choose from. You’ll see both the original tune, as well as a retuned option that we thought you might enjoy. It’s up to you and your family to choose which version you love. And don’t forget about our free printable lyrics and music to help you along.
If you are new to the HOTM community, welcome! We encourage you to gather up your families for just a few minutes each day, to sing, discuss and memorize this hymn, whether it is during family worship, or before bedtime – whatever works best for your family. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Please let us know if you’ll be joining in!