October 16, 2017

Your Very Own Shepherd

I’ve always loved Psalm 23There’s so much comfort packed into 6 little verses. It’s beautiful and reassuring, but it also reminds us where our focus should be. It puts this life into perspective.

 

The LORD is your shepherd. The one who spoke our universe into existence, the great King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who is holy and awesome and mighty and powerful — HE is YOUR very own shepherd!

He leads you, and guides you, and cares tenderly for you. Isaiah 40:11 tells us that “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”

Isn’t that a tender picture?

And it’s even more special because it involves YOU!

Your shepherd knows you and your specific needs. He tends to those needs. He binds your wounds, and carries you when you’re hurting, and satisfies you with good things.

He leads you through green pastures and by still waters. He provides you with nourishment and refreshment — what is not only necessary, but deliciously sweet and good.

Just as sheep need green grass and clean water to survive and thrive, we need food as well — not just physical, but spiritual food. And your shepherd lovingly provides that food. He leads you to places where you can feast on His words and drink fully of His truth.

He restores your soul.

And He, your shepherd, leads you down the right pathways. He will never lead you astray.

Your shepherd never leads you into unnecessary harm. Wherever He directs you to go, He also goes — walking alongside you, even carrying you when you’re too weak to walk on your own. If you follow the shepherd’s lead, you will always be in His presence.

He goes where you go.  He will never leave you or forsake you. Even when the way is rocky, when you trip and stumble, and storms flash overhead…

He is with you still.

His rod of correction keeps you from straying off the path. It pulls you back, when you wander on to softer ground. His staff gently nudges you along, comforting you with His constant presence.

No evil can harm you, while your shepherd is near. 

You may trip. You may fall. But you will not perish there. He will help you up — or carry you — and you will keep on going. He has established your steps, even before you enter the path. He upholds you with His very own hand.

And as you emerge from the dark forest, bruised and broken, He lavishes grace upon you.

There are those who would love to see you fail. Those who would love to see you perish in the storm. But even as they watch, your shepherd keeps you going. He heals your wounds and strengthens your heart.

He lets you feast on His bounty, and reassures you of His love. You are His child, and heir to His kingdom. And He proclaims that boldly to all who surround you. To those who wish you harm.

They watch as the shepherd honors you.

And it doesn’t have to end. If you listen to Him, and follow His leading, you will know that same goodness and mercy for the rest of your life. You can walk hand-in-hand with Mercy and Goodness through dark forests and green pastures, by gentle waters, and up steep mountainsides.

You can walk down His paths, trusting His direction and accompanied by His mercy and goodness, all the way into eternity. As His own precious lamb, you have inherited an eternity of peace and life with Him.

Because the Lord is your shepherd.

And because the Lord is your shepherd, there is nothing you will lack. You have no need that will ever go unfulfilled. And there is no reason to be afraid, or anxious, or alarmed.

Because the Lord is your shepherd.

You shall not want.

 

What’s your favorite aspect of Christ as the Good Shepherd? {<– ask this on twitter!}

And if you want a better picture of the Lord as your shepherd, I highly recommend reading Hinds Feet On High Places (affiliate link), the allegory of Much-Afraid and her journey with the Chief Shepherd.

 

Find more comfort: read God’s Word with me this week!
Tuesday: Exodus 32-34, Proverbs 6
Wednesday: Exodus 35-37, Proverbs 7
Thursday: Exodus 38-40, Proverbs 8
Friday: Acts 1-3, Proverbs 9
Saturday: Acts 4-6, Proverbs 10:1-16
Sunday: Acts 7-9, Proverbs 10:17-32
Monday: reflection or catch-up

 

Comments

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed your post today! I also love that piece of scripture from the Psalms – it’s so tender and heart-warming. Thank yo for sharing your words today 🙂

  2. My dad always loved Psalm 23. One of his favorite books on it was “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23” by W. Phillip Keller. Have you ever read it?