THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
Psa. 23:0-2 ¶ A Psalm of David. ¶ The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Jesus used this picture of the Shepherd, painted by David, to describe Himself. He made some amazing statements beginning with “I am the Good Shepherd”. He was claiming to be the very Shepherd who David was speaking about. This was an obvious claim to deity. He also said, “I know my own sheep, and am known by my own.” Charles Spurgeon talked about the personal, individual care and relationship of the shepherd with His sheep. Check out his thoughts.
“A sheep is an object of property, not a wild animal; its owner sets great store by it, and frequently it is bought with a great price. It is well to know, as certainly David did, that we belong to the Lord. There is a noble tone of confidence about this sentence. There is no “if” nor “but”, nor even “I hope so”; but he says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” We must cultivate the spirit of assured dependence upon our heavenly Father. The sweetest word of the whole is that monosyllable, “My.” He does not say, “The Lord is the shepherd of the world at large, and leadeth forth the multitude as his flock”, but “The Lord is my shepherd;” if he be a Shepherd to no one else, he is a Shepherd to me; he cares for me, watches over me, and preserves me. The words are in the present tense. Whatever be the believer’s position, he is even now under the pastoral care of Jehovah.”
Jesus went on to say that “His sheep hear His voice”. This is one of the special blessings of being one of His children, He speaks to us. He continued revealing his personal care for each sheep as He said, “He calls His own by name”. Wow! He knows me and calls me personally, that’s pretty amazing. Jesus also said that His sheep follow Him. It is easy to follow someone who loves us and has our best interests at heart. His sheep follow Him joyfully. One of the most powerful things Jesus said about this Shepherd was this, “I am come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” This phrase, “more abundantly”, is describing excessive, over and above, radically supernatural life. This is the life the Shepherd came to give. Finally, Jesus describes the permanence of this relationship, nothing can separate us from His love. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”
As David described in his Psalm, He has brought us to a place of rest, we are safe and secure lying down in green pastures and resting by the still waters. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD.