Loch Morlich near Aviemore,
photography courtesy of Ben Bremner, https://www.facebook.com/ben.bremner3

But He led forth His own people like sheep
And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;
He led them safely, so that they did not fear;
But the sea engulfed their enemies.

So He brought them to His holy land,
To this hill country which His right hand had gained.
He also drove out the nations before them
And apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement,
And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.

Psalm 78:52-55 (NASB)

In this instalment on the names of God we come to one of the best known, due largely to the popularity of the Shepherd Psalm – Psalm 23. Strangely enough many people quote “the Lord is my Shepherd” but wouldn’t be able to give the Hebrew name to it; Jehovah Raah or Rohi. incidentally, Raah and Rohi mean te same thing coming from a Hebrew root word meaning “to feed.” You may be wondering why my main reference does not come from David’s most famous psalm; the answer being that the Spirit brought me to Psalm 78 today, and I trust His guidance. I have completed a series on Psalm 23 a couple of years ago, which can be found HERE.

Our text today refers to the people of Israel, rescued from slavery in Egypt and led them through the wilderness to God’s chosen land for them. It also refers to the wider family of all God’s children of past, present and future generations. If you remember God went before the people in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, rather than showing them the way – He went first! It is the same with us; Jehovah Shamma is there before us. He leads us.

God led Israel in safety; He saved them from the Egyptian pursuers as the mighty waters of the Red Sea closed behind them over their enemies. They had nothing to fear. A good shepherd leads his flock away from danger, on a good path, and into good pasture. Our Father God does the same for us today; He leads us safely.

The Almighty led Israel to the land that He had promised; through the wilderness into a fruitful land for His children to prosper. He does the same for us; He leads us to His chosen place for us.

God does not lead His children to defeat; He leads them to victory over their enemies. He clears the way before them as a shepherd inspects the pasture before his flock is brought onto it. Each day we begin a new adventure as children of God; He leads us clearing the way for us.

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
John 10:11

Dear Reader, the best news of all on this topic is that God sent His beloved Son to save and tend His flock. In Him we are saved from the penalties of sin; a poisonous pasture indeed. Let us follow Him each day as He leads us Homeward to the Father.


34 thoughts on “Jehovah Raah/Rohi – The Lord Is My Shepherd

  1. What a wonderful way to start my day! This Scripture touched my heart today. I feel so blessed that the Lord has provided me with a dear friend who lives across the ocean to encourage me. Isn’t it amazing? I had never heard this song before, but it is beautiful! Thank you, Alan. Have a blessed day!

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      1. Mandy this is such a blessing to this wee Scots scribe, thank you sister. May those who read it see Him, their Shepherd through these words, and draw closer to Him.🙏

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    1. Hi Cindy, I am just home from grocery shopping, recovering with a cuppa and just opened your comment. Thank you for lifting my spirits sister. I am truly honoured to know such a sister as you, and brothers too. Sharing the blessings of Him and His Word knows no boundaries hallelujah!

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    1. Thank you dear sister. I have a book I am desperate to begin soon on the Lord our Shepherd, written by a shepherd. Almighty God could not have painted a more beautiful illustration in my opinion.

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  2. I’ve always liked Stuart Townend version.
    I also enjoy the photographs you post, Alan, as I was brought up in Scotland, but now live in the north-east of England.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Lesley. I love the North East of England, having been to Holy Island and lived in Stockton for a short time. I have fond memories of that region. God bless you sister.

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  3. A blessing to read this cold and wintry night when green pastures are a season away! But the Lord is not far and He Himself feeds us! How great is His Name, and how greatly to be praised!

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