The Lord is My Shepherd
by Frank King 3/14/2014 / Christian Living
Psalm 23 is one of the most familiar and beloved passages in the entire Bible. In this psalm, David uses picturesque words to describe his relationship with the Lord such as, "he makes me to lie down in green pastures," and he leads me beside the still waters." Personally, I get so much inspiration reading this psalm that I can write an entire article from any one of the six verses.
The overarching statement in this entire psalm is found at the very beginning: "The Lord is my shepherd" (Psalm 23:1). This I say because if a shepherd-sheep relationship does not exist, then nothing else in the psalm that follows can be true.
The people of David's day understood the special relationship between sheep and their shepherd because shepherding was a main occupation of the Israelites. The sheep knew the voice of their shepherd. It was he who led them from the fold to find pasture and who provided them the necessary protection while outside the security of the sheepfold.
During His public ministry, Jesus referred to Himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11). Through the Word of God and through the Holy Spirit, He guides and leads us to find the good pastures of life. He also protects us from danger. These benefits, however, are not happenstance. They are reserved for those who allow Him to be the Shepherd of their life.
Life goes so much better for us when we allow the Lord to guide our lives. The ones who can really attest to this truth are those who have tried it both ways. That is, they have lived their lives for themselves as if there was no God, and they have lived their lives striving to be sensitive to the will of God. I have certainly tried life both ways and the difference is compelling, in favor of the latter. The same should be true for everyone else who has given his or her life to the Lord.
The Lord always knows what's best for us. He can see the challenges and hidden dangers upon the roads of our life that we cannot. At His disposal, He has resources to meet our needs that we know not of. In all our ways, let us acknowledge Him. Through His Word and His Spirit, He will "speak" to us. The world may not hear Him, but the true sheep know the voice of the Shepherd.
Copyright 2014 by Frank King. All rights reserved.
Frank King is a former church pastor. He is currently an evangelist and an author. Frank holds a Master of Theology degree. Through the grace of God, Frank has been blessed to cross cultural lines in his preaching. Website: http://www.efrankking.com