Those kinds of lessons from nature are not accidental. God has purposefully designed everything in His creation for His own praise and glory. So, it should be no surprise whenever we find natural object lessons that reveal or teach us something about Him.
And they occur in His Word too. For example, the Aesop tale of the “Ant and the Grasshopper” was inspired by Proverbs 6. In it, a wise man is compared to a hard-working and industrious ant, in contrast to the laziness of a sluggard.
In some ways, this hymn is reminiscent of Psalm 23. It reveals just how needy and dependent we are. But it also comforts us with many reminders of how our Great Shepherd cares for us:
- He feeds us
- He calms us for rest
- He guides us
- He provides for all our needs
- We belong to Him; He redeemed us
- He is our Friend; our Guardian
- He chastens us when we stray
- He hears us when we call
- He treats us with mercy and kindness
- He loves us
- He cares for us
- He cleans and grooms us