Psalm 23: 1
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (NKJV)
Psalm 23 is one of the most quoted, recited and read psalm. I have seen it hanging as a plaque on many houses. It is a psalm before many exams, a psalm to say when faced with a difficult situation and more. It is the first psalm that kids learn to recite.
Do we live lives that proclaim that ‘God is our shepherd’? Would we do the same thing if we knew God as our shepherd? Would we approach a problem the same way if we knew God as our shepherd? Would we be the same when we know the month’s salary is not going to be enough for a week, forget the month?
What about when we have excess – when we are at the green pastures, when the still waters are soothing – when our cup overflows, do we acknowledge God as our shepherd? Or do we brush the thought aside forgetting, sometimes deliberately, to give glory to the Provider.
David proclaims that the Lord is his shepherd. There is no shadow of a doubt in his mind. I like the order in which David put it. He did not say – ah! I have got the still waters and the green pastures and the overflowing cup. The enemies at my table. Oh and by the way, the Lord is also my shepherd.
No. The Lord is my shepherd first. Everything else falls into place after that.
Pray in your own words: Proclaim Jesus Christ as the Shepherd of your soul and life. Ask Him to help you get through the day, to depend on Him all the way and to give Him all the glory.
Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 25-26 (Old Testament), Matthew 8: 1 – 17 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
(This plan is a yearly plan where you can read the full Bible in a single year.)