1,000 years before the earthly appearance of the Good Shepherd, David described His goodness in song. The relationship between David and his God was as intimate and caring as a sheep and his shepherd. This role of a shepherd was familiar to God’s people. They knew the long term commitment a shepherd made to feed, tend and protect his flock. They understood each little lamb’s desperate dependence on the shepherd for their very survival. They were competely reliant on their gentle leader to provide for every need and guard against the many dangers that threatened to destroy them.
We were once sheep without a shepherd, lost and turned to our own way. So He set out in search of us, stopping at nothing to bring us home. And He rejoiced when we were found! Fix your eyes on Jesus today, your Good Shepherd is here.
“The Lord is my shepherd;”
Do you feel insignificant, unworthy, misunderstood? He knows your name. You belong to Him.
“I shall not want.”
Are you hungry, empty, longing? The Good Shepherd feeds His sheep. He may not give you what you want, but He will always provide what you need.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.”
Do you feel tired, weary, and weak? Come to Him and He will give you REST. He will renew your strength. He will make you new.
“He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Are you struggling, confused, unsure what to do next? Your Shepherd doesn’t tell you about the way, He IS the Way. Take hold of His hand, He will lead you every step.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Are you paralyzed by anxiety and fear? Are you heart broken? Grief stricken? Crushed? He will draw you near, calm your fears and heal your wounds. He gathers His lambs and holds them close to His heart.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
Do you feel trapped by your circumstances? Oppressed by your adversaries? Helpless to overcome the battle before you? Though your enemies surround you, Your Shepherd keeps an ever watchful eye. He whispers, “Be at peace in every circumstance. I have overcome.”
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Are you fearful of the future? Do you wonder what’s to come? Put aside all your anxious thoughts. Your future is secure! You will know the goodness of God in the land of the living. And because your Good Shepherd literally laid down His life for His sheep, you belong to the house of the Lord forever, a kingdom without end.
Draw near to your Good Shepherd, little lamb. You are safe in His fold.
Which verse of Psalm 23 speaks most directly to your deepest current need?
How is God offering to shepherd you in this area?