Psalm 23:1-4 NLT – The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.  He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.  He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.  Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of his own experience, because he had spent his early years caring for sheep in the fields (1 Samuel 16:10, 11). One thing he would have learned during this time is sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, leading and protection.
The New Testament calls Jesus the good shepherd in John 10:11 and the great Shepherd in Hebrews 13:20 and 1 Peter 5:4. The Lord is the good shepherd and we are his sheep. However, we are not frightened, passive animals, but obedient followers, wise enough to follow one who will lead us in the right places and in right ways.
Psalm 23 does not focus on the animal-like qualities of sheep, but on the discipleship qualities of those who follow. As Christians we need to recognize when the good shepherd leading us, then we need to follow him in complete obedience. Where He leads is always for our own good.
Let us follow the Great Shepherd and bring honour to His name today.