Psalms 23_1

December 17

Happy Monday Everyone,


The scripture for today is Psalms 23:1


Psalms 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.


Today's verse is the first verse of one of the most beautiful passages in scripture.It defines the relationship between the Lord and those who put their trust in Him.  We are like sheep, totally dependent on the caring attention of the Shepherd. The five verses that follow describe the additional benefits of having the Lord as our shepherd. 


A sheep is one of the most defenseless of animals. It is vulnerable to predators and cannot provide for its own needs. A sheep that has a good shepherd, however, does not have to be concerned about predators or having its needs met. Such a sheep does not have a single care as long as it follows the shepherd. To stay safe, it pays attention to the shepherd and follows his lead. Its ears are conditioned to hear and know the shepherd's voice, and can distinguish it from all other voices. Of all creatures, a sheep with a good shepherd is among the most fortunate on the face of the earth. The Bible tells us that "we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture." Psalms 100:3  Let us then look at the rest of the passage and see what He does for us:


"He makes me to lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul: He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." Psalms 23:2-6  


Jesus is the good shepherd and with the promises of His word before us, we choose to stay close to Him and follow wherever He leads.


God bless you as you continue in His service.