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May 2, 2021                                    

“The LORD is my Shepherd…”



Psalms 23:1-6  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  (2)  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  (3)  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  (4)  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.  (5)  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  (6)  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.


I never tire of meditating on the precious truths God spoke through King David and others in these psalms or songs of prayer and praise. Understandably, Psalms twenty-three has been the favorite of favorites for numberless saints over the centuries.  I sincerely doubt that there is one sincere believer, having had the privilege and blessing of reading or hearing these priceless words, who has failed to reserve a special hiding place in their hearts for them,


Thank the LORD for the wonderful way He has been using our pastor to guide us through the scriptures, opening our eyes to so many great truths along the way. Just recently we’ve seen how God knows each of His children perfectly, just as He knew Abraham and Sarah.  David was, of course, no exception to this rule.  From what we read about his life; it is easy to understand why the LORD would use him to pen these powerful words of praise.  The scriptures leave no doubt concerning King David’s spiritual credentials, and who but one who had spent years of his young life tending his father’s sheep would truly know the mind and heart of a shepherd?

We know, of course, that the written Word is the infallible, inerrant, inspired, Holy Word of the true and living God.  We also know that those He used to record His Word were both prepared and chosen for this purpose.  These words most surely came directly from the mind of God, and secondarily from the inspired heart of the “ready-writer.”


Acts 13:22  And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.


David reminds us of three important truths from just the first four words of the very first verse.  We see the Name, the Nature and the Nearness of the Shepherd.


   The Name of the Shepherd.


Pastor Rocky preached recently of the depth of the meaning “LORD” in the scriptures.  How the writers used it in place of God’s true name, JEHOVAH or YAWEH.   Referring, as he explained, not to just an honorable title, but carrying with it the preeminence and majesty of the fullness of all the glorious attributes of our God.


Psalms 83:18  That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.


David, of course, knew exactly to whom he was addressing his psalm of praise. He was the Almighty God, for whom he had the utmost reverence.  The records show that he had been eyewitness to His God’s mighty and glorious power many times throughout his life.

1 Chronicles 29:10-11  Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.  (11)  Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.


   The Nature of the Shepherd.


Not only did King David glory in the name of his Shepherd, he spoke of the nature of the Shepherd.  He was wonderfully familiar with the faithfulness, the watchfulness, and the tender loving care of the Good Shepherd’s guiding hand and reassuring voice.  He recognized the amazing goodness and mercy of ONE who was HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY and yet was a loving shepherd who humbled Himself to hear the cries of His needy sheep.


Isaiah 40:11  He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.


    The Nearness of the Shepherd


David said, my shepherd.  Though the king knew that the LORD was the Shepherd of Israel, He had a very personal and intimate relationship with his Great Shepherd, who knew all of his failures, yet still walked close by his side.


Psalms 119:151  Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.


May our hearts rejoice with King David in glorious praise and thanksgiving as we meditate on the Name, the Nature and the Nearness of our Great Shepherd!