Psa. 23:1 ¶ The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
This has to be the greatest of all Psalms, the Lord is my Shepherd. This was about as personal as it gets. David spent years caring for sheep. He endured heat, cold, and loneliness; he fought off the lions and the bears, he had given and risked his life for the sheep. He protected them, provided for them, nursed them to health in sickness, and sought them when they were lost. David knew what it was to be a shepherd, the Lord had become a shepherd to Him.
Long after his years as a shepherd, David found himself alone in the wilderness, running from King Saul. He looked to the Lord for protection, provision, shelter, and guidance. In his years of exile the Lord had become David’s Shepherd. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on today’s verse.
“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.”
I love that, a sheep is not a wild animal but an object of property. I am a sheep of the Lord’s pasture, I am the property of the Chief Shepherd. Since I belong to the Lord I live in a state of constant safety. What enemy can separate me from the Shepherd’s care? Sickness can’t, poverty is helpless against Him, my enemies run in terror before Him. He provides for me, protects me, shelters me, and directs my steps. Yes, the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.