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The Lord is my Shepherd

There are times in our lives when we may face difficult times, even dangerous times. It may seem that we are going “through the shadow of death”.

The Lord is my Shepherd

There are times in our lives when we may face difficult times, even dangerous times. It may seem that we are going “through the shadow of death”. During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that this may be one of those times. We may be tempted to become anxious, to worry, and to become frustrated, not only with the situation, but also with our political leaders. We should consider Psalm 23 for peace and comfort.

  1. The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
  2. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
  3. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
  4. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
  5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
  6. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the  house of the Lord forever.
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In considering this Psalm we should ponder two questions: What kind of Shepherd do we have and what kind of sheep are we? What kind of Shepherd do we have? Our Shepherd is “the LORD”: Yahweh, I AM, the Self-existing One; He is God. There is no verb in the Hebrew text.  It reads, “The Lord My Shepherd”. All verbs have a tense: past, present, or future. There is no verb that expresses all three tenses in one form. The Lord was, is, and will be our Shepherd. I think David left out the verb to be able to express this. He is not just “a” Shepherd, but He is “my” Shepherd. I can identify the LORD as being the Shepherd to whom I belong. He is my Shepherd and I am His sheep. The LORD is a Shepherd who cares for His sheep by providing, protecting, and prospering His sheep. Our Shepherd provides for us.

 

Our Shepherd protects us.

 

Our Shepherd prospers us.

  1. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies”—We may be surrounded by spiritual and human enemies, but our Shepherd prospers us abundantly in regard to spiritual and physical blessings; our enemies may observe, but cannot prevent His prospering us.
  2. “You have anointed my head with oil”—God has granted us special treatment. As a Shepherd, He anoints us with oil for healing of wounds, and as a Host, He grants us blessing as an honored guest.
  3. “My cup overflows” God has granted us great abundance which we are unworthy and undeserving to receive.
  4. “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life”—God  extends good things and His love to us all of our lives if we have believed in His Son.
  5. “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”—David is speaking of enjoying His presence and fellowship in his life. Forever is literally throughout the years. We can enjoy His presence and fellowship not only during this life, but also throughout all eternity.

 

What kind of sheep are we? Are we thankful sheep?

 

Are we trusting sheep? Are we content with what the Shepherd provides?

After considering Psalm 23, my desire is that we praise our heavenly Shepherd for providing, protecting, and prospering us and practice being thankful, true, and trusting sheep.