1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4Yea, 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. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23:1-6)
This is one of the most beautiful Psalms penned by David. It has been read at thousands of funerals and graveside services. For most of us, we can recite it from memory (KJV). It brings us hope and encouragement in our times of grief, despair, and sorrow. The words of this Psalm gives us hope and reminds us of how much God loves us and wants to provide for us. The metaphor of God being the shepherd of our life brings peace to my mind just thinking about it. David reminds us there is comfort and not fears; there is life and not death, and hope eternal that comes from God.
I also find in this Psalm a lot of grace. David was a man who committed many sins throughout his life. David destroyed people, murdered many and because of this he was separated from God. He did terrible things. But in this Psalm, we are reminded that one does not need to choose to wallow in ones own situation but turns to God and receives forgiveness. It is through this Grace, I believe, David can say: “The Lord is my Shepherd”.
No matter what our past is, God’s grace lets us have a future. It is a future that is connected with Him. This Psalm illustrates how David had grown into this new relationship with God. Grace allows us to let go of the past so we can move forward with God. Psalm 23 is an affirmation from God to us that God loves us just the way we are, and through Grace, The Good Shepherd is available for each of us today. Our world needs God guidance and love more than ever. It is time we start refocusing. The world needs the Good Shepherd. We all do.
God will move us to where we need to be. Receive God’s Grace and let God be the shepherd of your life! The Lord IS my Shepherd!!!! Shalom