Ezekiel uses a familiar metaphor, depicting God as the shepherd. He seeks out sheep that have been scattered, lost, injured, and weak. While these five verses focus on the hope and comfort of being cared for by God, the larger context of the chapter includes judgment on those responsible for the sheep having fallen into such dire circumstances to begin with.
This psalm, often used as a Call to Worship, also reminds us that we are the sheep and God is the shepherd. Unlike the passage in Ezekiel, there is no mention of going astray or of judgment. It is all about the joy of worshiping God, recognizing that we belong to Him and that He takes good care of us.
Those who do not believe may find it strange to find joy in belonging to someone. But for those who trust in God and have seen His good providence, it is a joy and a comfort to be His.
This passage is packed so densely with theological truths, and written with so many connected phrases and clauses, that it is easy to lose track of the details of what Paul is saying. Unpacking them takes some effort, but it is worth the effort to deepen one’s understanding of the greatness of God and what He has done for us.