Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us – Dorothy Thrupp (1779-1847)
Of all the names and titles given to Jesus, perhaps the most beloved is Shepherd, a title Jesus gave himself in John 10. The Good Shepherd knows His sheep, guards His sheep, and even gives His life for His sheep. Scripture also says that He knows His sheep by name.
Unfortunately we don’t know the author of this hymn by name. The hymn was first published in a book of songs and poems by Dorothy Thrupp of Paddington Green, England. The poems she contributed are followed by her initials, D.A.T., but this one has no initials. Either she forgot to initial it, or it came from another source. Dorothy Thrupp’s book was Hymns for the Young, and so the hymn is often identified as a children’s hymn, though its message applies to people of all ages.
Scriptural allusions are drawn from Psalm 23 as well as John 10, but perhaps the key phrase is the line “Thou hast bought us, Thine we are,” taken from 1 Corinthians 6:20. What a privilege to have a Shepherd like Jesus, who bought us with His life, who guides us day by day, and who knows us by name.
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