Monday, April 1
The Lord is My Shepherd
We will spend most of this week on this iconic page in Holy Scripture. The 23rd Psalm is one of the most recognized pieces of literature in human history. It may be the most quoted passage in the entire Bible.
Yesterday in the sermon, we listened as Jesus proclaimed Himself as The Good Shepherd. In doing so, He identified Himself with God. God portrayed Himself as a Shepherd and Israel was His flock in the Old Testament (Psalm 80:1; 95:7; 100:3; Ezekiel 34).
Jesus also was claiming to be the fulfillment of prophecy with His claim to be the Good Shepherd. Passages such as Ezekiel 34:23, Isaiah 49:8-10, Micah 5:2, and Jeremiah 31:10 were all associated with Messianic expectations. Jesus walked right into those discussions with His claims recorded in John 10.
Certainly, the most poignant passage regarding the Good Shepherd is Psalm 23. This text is rich in imagery and profound in meaning. God’s people have found great comfort in it for centuries.
David opens this Psalm with a deeply personal statement: The LORD (Yahweh) is my shepherd. He is not just the Shepherd of Israel. He is my shepherd! Hear the intimate and confident declaration. God is personally invested in David’s life. David understood the personal connection between a shepherd and sheep. The shepherd is personally responsible for the well-being of the sheep. The shepherd is the leader of the sheep and sheep follow the shepherd.
God is our personal shepherd. Wow. Think about that. He is your shepherd. He is paying attention to you and your needs. He is taking personal responsibility for leading you and caring for you. Your well-being is His concern.
Consequently, David declared, “I lack nothing.” I am not “in want” because my shepherd is a good shepherd. He makes sure I am cared for and my needs are met.
This is how we begin this week. We pause in the face of this great truth --- the God of the universe, the Creator of all that is, the God of the Bible, the one and only true God --- He is your shepherd!
Take time to reflect today on the truth that God is your shepherd. Record any insights you may have as you think about this profound truth.
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