Greetings KOTR Parents!
When Samuel was a prophet to the nation of Israel, there was a family that lived in Bethlehem. The father’s name was Jesse and he had eight sons. Jesse’s youngest son, DAVID, helped his father by taking care of the family’s sheep. As a shepherd, his job was to make sure the sheep always had food and water. On nights when the sheep were far from home, the shepherd would spend the night on the hillside with them to protect them from wild animals.
This is what DAVID did!
“But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; …”(I Samuel 17:34-36 NKJV)
While DAVID watched over the sheep, he would play his stringed instrument called a lyre or kinnor and sing songs to the Lord. We can find many of these songs in the Bible. Most are found in the Book of Psalms. One of his most popular is Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord