This morning, do you find yourself with a feeling of being without cover…exposed to the elements of life? Financial struggles, marital difficulties, unfair treatment or just the daily pain of living in a fallen world? God’s Word has a refreshing truth for you.
There is ONE, His name is JESUS and the Bible promises He will protect us and He alone will guide our paths and my favorite part…HE WILL CALL YOU HIS OWN. Hallelujah!!!!
King David illustrated this truth in the 23rd Psalm:
“The LORD is my shepherd” (Psalms 23:1a) the literal translation of this portion of verse one is “YHWH ra’ah” which means Lord, my shepherd. No actual verb is used, but rather just a name of God proclaimed.
Apart from actual shepherding I am not certain if we can fully appreciate what David is saying in this first verse.
Shepherds in those days were usually young men who lead several owner’s sheep to pasture. Sometimes a young shepherd may even be hired to look after the sheep of an entire village. The fact that David calls the Lord ‘my’ shepherd is significant because a shepherd rarely cared for sheep of his own.
But Psalms 100:3 teaches us to “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
If you are a believer in Christ then you are His Sheep and HE is your Shepard.
I love John 10:27…it proclaims, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”
Shepherds were hard working men, who spent all their time with the sheep. The sheep got to know the Shepherd intimately and would even know the sound of his voice. John 10:27, 28 illustrates this is true of Christ and his sheep, as well. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
I truly get the sense that God is possessive of His Sheep and He tenderly nurtures and cares for them.
The Bible gives us three points of need the shepherd met for his sheep and that our Shepherd meets for His own…
“The LORD is my shepherd [to feed, guide and shield me]” (Psalms 23:1)
This is a generalization of the chores of a shepherd. The Psalms will paint a more vivid picture as you read through it, but based on these three points, I asked myself, if my Shepherd is offering to feed, guide and shield me then how am I choosing to receive that?
• What am I feeding on…watching, reading, and meditating on? Is it truth from my Shepherd?
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:1-3)
• What is guiding me? What am I looking to for direction? Is it the Lord and His Word? Am I spending time in prayer as I look to be guided by Him?
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalms 16:11)
• Do I really believe that God is a shield around me? Or am I spending time fretting and worrying about my protection and provision?
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1)
God, the Good Shepherd is YOUR perfect Shepherd who extends His grace for you and me today. He is introducing Himself as YOUR Shepherd; will you trust His feeding, guiding and shielding?
Fix your eyes on Him alone, you can be comforted in knowing His provision is enough, His grace is abundant and His love is personal.
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