By Mike Poole
Psalm 23 from the sheep's point of view. (I performed this with a sheep
puppet as the other character. But it may be done with two people.)
Narrator: 1 Samuel 16 tells us that David is a shepherd. Psalm 23 , which
talks about sheep, was written by David. What would the conversation sound
like if David was sitting under a tree, talking to one of his sheep?
Sheep: I don't know what is going to happen next in my life. I don't
know where I will get my next meal. But you are my shepherd.
I trust in you, David. I trust that you will provide for me.
Who does that for you?
David: The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.
Sheep: I wander around, looking for food and water. I am not very good
at finding it. But even when I wander around, I know that you
will lead me to the pasture for food and to the water for drink.
But who does that for you?
David: God makes me lie down in green pastures. God leads me to still
Sheep: I am not always good staying on the path that I am suppose to
stay on. I stray away. I don't always obey your call and go where
I shouldn't. But you bring me back to where I should be. And you
still love me, even after I wander off. Who does that for you?
David: God leads me in the paths of righteousness, for His name. And
God restores my soul.
Sheep: I know bad things exist. I know that sometimes, things happen
to sheep. I know that sheep die. I have a feeling that I will one day die,
maybe one day soon. I don't know if I can get through all the problems
of a sheep's life. I struggle with the others of the flock. I get pains,
suffering and disease. But I don't have to always fear. You
are always here with me, like right now. Your stick keeps me going. You
are here in the good times and in the bad times. You give me assurance
and guidance for the journey. Who does that for you?
David: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil. God is with me. God's rod and staff comforts me.
Sheep: There are no one other animals around to protect me when I eat,
like in the town. There are no other sheep here to be with me. I
don't have a host to make sure that I always get my fill. I can't protect
myself when I eat. But I know you will protect me, even when the wolves
are around. I always have you to share to share dinner with. And you'll
always have me. Who does that for you?
David: God prepares a table even around my enemies. God gives me the
Sheep: Is God really with me? Even though I may seem alone, I know
you will be with me and take care of me. Who does that for you?
David: Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all my life. And we
will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Sheep: Who are those people coming toward us David? (David sees Samuel
coming toward him. They talk. Samuel pours oil on
David's head. David walks back to the tree)
Sheep: What happen, David?
David: Lambchop, I am going to be King of Israel. How will I ever be
able to be king? I will feel lonely without you. who will I
talk to in times of trouble? Who will give me guidance and
assurance that I will be a good king? I worry about what will
Sheep: You don't have to, David. God will be with you. God will bring
you through, David. Go, you are going to be a great king.
David: But what will happen to you, Lambchop? Who will be your shepherd
Sheep: Don't worry David. The Lord is my shepherd, too.
Copyright Mike Poole.
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