Psalm 23 – The Lord is My Shepherd.

Psalm 23 begins with the words, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” The author who penned these famous words was David, a shepherd boy from a small rural community on the outskirts of nowhere, who became the second king of Israel and grew it to the heights of its glory and twice the size it is today. This is also the same boy who slew Golaith, the giant Philistine warrior with a sling and a rock. And prior to killing Goliath and rescuing the army of Israel from almost certan defeat, David had killed a lion and a bear who had tried to take some of the lambs from the flock he was responsible for. So David knew a little bit about the duties of a shepherd and the great responsibility they had in caring for the owners sheep. And when he penned the words, “The Lord is my Shepherd;” he knew he was more safe in the arms of the Chief Shepherd than his lambs had been in his. And from these words we understand that David had a clear understanding of who the Lord God is, and who he was. Later, God would say of David, “He was a man after My own heart.” And promised him he would aways have a descendent on the throne of Israel. We of course know Jesus was a direct descendent of David, and He is on the throne in heaven and will never relinquish His exalted position. So you might be thinking, You spoke of David’s throne in Israel, and you spoke of the throne of Jesus in heaven; which one is correct? They are both correct because the people of Israel are God’s chosen people, and Jesus was both an Israelite and a direct descendent of David, thus qualifying Him to rule in heaven as the Savior of mankind, and over all of creation, as well as, over His people Israel from the throne of David.

David concluded, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” with the words, “I shall not want.” Thus explaining the role of the sheep to that of the shepherd. The sheep when accompanied by the shepherd were led to fresh water, grass, protected from wild beast, the elements, and given a comfortable home for birthing. In return, the sheep provided sustenance such as meat and milk for the body of the shepherd, and wool for the protection of the shepherd’s body. It’s a win – win situation for both the shepherd and the sheep. And it was with this understanding that David penned the words, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” Thus expressing his total dependence upon the Chief Shepherd who expected David to lead His people Israel according to the understanding that God was their provider, protector, and deliverer in times of trouble. Knowing David possessed this understanding of God as the Chief Shepherd, and himself as a sheep in the flock of God, it would almost make one wonder if David made mistakes during his time as king? He sure did; but he was quick to repent of his sins and turn again to the One who was his Savior.

How smart we would be today if we understood who God is, and what we are to Him. The Lord God hasn’t changed. The bible tells us, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.” So if God hasn’t changed, then it’s the people who have changed. And when change takes place in the heart of man, it is always toward evil and away from God. I know we would love to believe God has changed and has lightened up some on sin, ignorance, and rebellion, but the penalty remains the same because God remains the same. He hates sin, rebellion, lying, and murder with a passion. That will never change, but God is still the loving provider, protector and deliverer today, as He was for David some thirty five hundred years ago. So if there is a lack on our part it is due to the fact that we don’t know the Lord God, nor do we seek Him in times of trouble so He can deliver us from our enemies. David accepted his role in life and was promoted to king. If we accept God as our Chief Shepherd, and our role in life, we, too, will become the kings God tells us we are. If not, we remain the same trouble filled person we are today, and deserve every bad thing that happens to us. God Bless and have a Wonderful Day in the Lord. DThrash

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