The Lord is My Shepherd
John 10:11 “I am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.”
In the Psalms, we are called the “sheep of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3), denoting His ownership of us. We belong to Him, and by this…..are under His protection.
It is a good thing that we are; for the Lord Jesus warns us of the enemies which are against us:
Thieves and robbers…wolves…and those that are not sheep:
John 10:1 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and hi a robber.”
John 10:12 “But he that is a hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, see the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth; and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.”
John 10:26 “But ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep, as I said unto you.”
The true flock of God, hear His voice and follow where He leads:
John 10:3-4 “To Him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear His voice: and He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice.”
Do you think Jesus doesn’t know you? Certainly He does.
He calls you by name—your name; that you may follow Him.
He does not drive the sheep before…..but leads them.
Anything that is waiting for the sheep, will first be faced by Him.
He has prepared the way, we are to go.
He measures every temptation, and trial….and makes a way through it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”
Rightly has Matthew Henry said:
“I shall be supplied with what I need. And if I do not have everything I desire, I may conclude that it is not good for me; Or I shall have it in due time.”
Psalm 23:2-3 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake.”
His leading us is essential; for He knows where and how we are to get the safe grasses that we need…..and where to safely rest.
He restores me in His redemption, to God;…..in His forgiveness, to peace;….in His fellowship, to joy and love.
And we walk and rest, under the banner of His Name. (Song of Solomon 2:4)
Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”
Even in the darkest times…times of shadows between us…..and times when things are not so clear….
Thy rod….Your Word of correction, and instruction comfort me….for in the trials, it is so easy for me to become discouraged….and begin to “look around”.
But Your “rod” awakens me to who I am…..I am Yours; and that You are here, with me….now.
Your Staff….the Holy Spirit….nudges me along….rescuing me from dangers.
They both are used on me, to keep me safe behind You….and on the enemies which wait for my soul.
Psalm 23:5 “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
We walk through this wilderness world…..with temptations, anger, and even hate, all around us…..Yet, He has supplied a feast….in Himself…..for us.
We can come to Him anytime, getting protection….and guidance through this maze of life.
The Holy Spirit gives us His “anointing”:
“But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth,….”. (1 John 2:27)
So that I may testify to others of Your overflow in my life.
Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
In this life of troubles, and trials, and joys……I will praise Your goodness to me. And praise Your mercy in my weaknesses, my doubts, my backsliding, my failures, and my discouragement under them all.
I praise You for all You have done….and I am confident it will continue forever, with You, in Your heavenly home.
The Good Shepherd is Jesus Christ….is He your Shepherd?
Perhaps you have said you would follow….but your confidence is wavering…
You know your calling….but, you are feeling anxious…
He has always known the way, and delivered you….but time has passed….
Then, read again Psalm 23…..and put your name there. For if you are born again, then He is “my shepherd”……
Call out to Him, and hear again His voice….and follow Him.
(Throughout this whole psalm, we are pointed again and again to “the Lord” (at the beginning and the ending verses); “He”, “Thou”, “Thy”…..it is saying: all our satisfaction and contentment is in Him.
Praise God for what He gives…..double praise for Him being mine.)