Psalm 23:1-6, vs. 1” The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
Psalm 23 is one of the most quoted Psalm especially in difficult times. Many of David’s psalms are full of complaints, but this is full of comforts, and the expressions of delight in God’s great goodness and dependence upon Him. In this Psalm, David pictures the Lord not as a doctor or lawyer or employer, he pictures the Lord as a Shepherd, something he was once. He draws from his experience in tending to the sheep where he would do anything for his sheep and in this reality trusting the Lord to be to him what he was to his sheep, a shepherd.
A shepherd is a person who tends, feeds or guards flocks of sheep. A shepherd deals with a lot if you think about it. As you can see, he tends to the sheep, he feeds, he guards, he protects, he inspects, he knows if there is something wrong with his sheep, he is loving, caring, faithful, hardworking, skillful. If one is missing, he leaves the rest to look for the missing one. Other occupations if I may say may have limitations of what they can and cannot do, a shepherd is a well-rounded job.
If the Lord was to be David’s shepherd, that would default David to be a sheep. For the sake of the Lord, I would take this position every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Sheep cannot take care of themselves, they need a shepherd so do we. I do not know how people can live their lives without a shepherd. King David needed one, what about us? He who has a shepherd shall not be in want because the shepherd provides what He needs. Which sheep do you see worried when the shepherd is present? Yet sometimes we worry and live in fear as though we have no Shepherd.
Jesus calls Himself the good shepherd. I highlight 4 areas He mentions in John 10 that makes Him stand tall and unique above all. 1.He is the door of the sheep, John 10:7, “Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 2. He gives life for His sheep, John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” 3. He knows His sheep and He teaches them to know Him, John 10:3, “the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. Vs. 14, “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own”. 4. He gives His life to His sheep, John 10:15, “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep”.
From very comfortable promises in this Psalm, David draws three very comfortable conclusions, and teaches us to do so too. 1. We are saved by hope, and that hope will not make us ashamed, because it is well grounded. 2. It is the duty of Christians to encourage themselves in the Lord their God; and 3.We are here directed to take that encouragement both from the relation wherein He stands to us and from the experience we have had of His goodness according to that relation.
The Lord is to us what no man can ever be to us, the Divine Good Shepherd. blessings Ev