3/24/19 - My Shepherd

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”   (Psalms 23)


        Take a moment and read (or quote) the 23rd Psalm . . .  Be sure and note that the writer used a first personal pronoun (I, me, my) seventeen times in this poem of eight verses.  We cannot escape noticing the intense personal nature of this most beloved psalm.


        When the hard times of life come our way (and they will), we find comfort in the Great Shepherd of the sheep (Hebrews 13:20).  Few of us have ever raised sheep, but we understand enough of the things about them so that the picture of the Good Shepherd is not lost on us.


        Our Good Shepherd provides for us.  Jesus taught us not to worry about food, clothes, shelter, or the future.  We are to seek His kingdom and all of these things will be supplied (Matthew 6:24-34). 


        Our Good Shepherd leads us.  Jesus came into the world to teach us and to show us how to love, how to thrive, how to live, and how to die.  He calls us to follow Him (Luke 9:23).


        Our Good Shepherd protects us.  With His rod and staff, He guards us against our enemies (John 10:11,12).  He keeps us safe even when we must walk through death’s dark valley.  The closer we stay to Jesus, the safer we will be.   


        Our Good Shepherd heals us.  Only Jesus can restore our souls.  He seeks us when we have gone astray.  He binds up our wounds and carries us back home (Luke 15:5).  Satan wants to destroy us.  Jesus has the power to restore us and to bring us goodness and mercy in His house forever.


        The Lord is my Shepherd!  When we realize that He died for the sins of the whole world, it helps us to remember that I am included.  He did not die just for the elder, the deacon, the preacher, and the teacher.  He died for me!  If I have heard His call and obeyed His gospel, I am made a part of His fold.  He knows when I am hurting.  He hears my prayers.  He cares what happens to me.  He will always be there for me.


            The Lord is my Shepherd!  Some sheep will foolishly run away from the Good Shepherd when they hear that the wolf is coming.  Some sheep will ignore His voice to enjoy one more bit of pleasure from the world.  Some sheep will try to hide when He bids them come.  But the Good Shepherd continues to call.  He continues to seek.  He continues to help us and wants us to be well fed, healthy, and safe in the fold of His love.  Love the Good Shepherd.  Heed the voice of Jesus and stay close to Him.