The best way to fully understand God as Shepherd-King, and Christ as the Great Shepherd, is to look at shepherding in Ancient Near East.
By looking at the big picture Scripture presents, we can see one clear image of God our Father. He is both The Great King and loving Father.
As Great King our God demands nothing take his place of supreme importance in our lives. He tolerates no rivals.
If God is all loving, why do we have to wait in times of trial and suffering? Why does He ignore our cry, “How long will you forget me?”
The flip side of Christ’s gift of salvation and living “in Him” is persecution. What do we do when it becomes our reality?
Knowing God changes our lives, but how we live reveals how we perceive God; it shows if we really believe he is the Great King, the Only God.
Balance the tension of giving to the world that asks so much with receiving from God who gives all that we need.
Asaph struggled with injustice, but as he worked through his feelings with God he transitioned his perspective to God’s goodness.