Psalms 23:1, “The Lord is my Shepard. I have everything I need”
The Psalmist who wrote the great Psalms of all times viewed the Lord from different perspectives and angels. In the first verse of Psalm 23, he saw the Lord as a Shepard and himself obviously as the sheep. A Shepard takes care of the sheep. A good Shepard knows his sheep. He feeds the sheep; he protects the sheep from wolves and mischievous thieves and Shepard of other herds; he leads the sheep to green pastures and cool waters. His ultimate commitment and devotion is to the sheep. The sheep may not even be aware of that fact, but that does not change the position of the Shepard or lessen his commitment or encourage him to abandon the sheep, especially when the sheep is in trouble or in need.
Think about it for a moment. If God is my and your Shepard, and he is all knowing and all able and willing to watch us daily wherever we are, then, like David, we too can declare with confidence that, “The Lord is indeed our Shepard; we shall not lack anything”. What we already have and don’t yet have are already provided and are ours to enjoy and expect. We don’t have to see to be satisfied; we don’t have to get first then be grateful. All we need to know is the good Shepard has provided all our needs.
Do you have any need today? Is there a problem anywhere? Are you worried about the future? Are you afraid something bad might happen to you? Are you scared of loosing something or someone you love? Is your heart troubled and your mind confused? Are you stretched and stressed beyond your ability to cope? Take a moment today and reflect on the fact that you have God as your Shepard. A good Shepard. Instead of worrying, lean on him; learn of him, let go of your fears and worries; follow him. That is what sheep do; they follow the Shepard. And the Shepard leads the way.
Learn to rest in peace and sleep through your storms, worries, concerns or problems.“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” -Psalm 4:8
An old hymn affirms this Biblical admonition:
What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Learning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.-Hoffman
God bless you. Brother Boaz Olang