God is the Shepherd
In the fourth word picture for God, we consider the common image of God as the good shepherd and we as his sheep.
God, as the good shepherd, is caring, protective, patient, brave, wise, sacrificial, and most significantly, knows us by name.
Sheep, are known as being not too intelligent, easily getting into trouble and frequently needing to be rescued, but they do know the voice of the shepherd, usually going to him when he calls.
(See A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 for a more in-depth and insightful consideration of this word picture.)
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.