DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2021-04-12
WRITTEN AT: Jupiter, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Psalm 23:1-3
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)
BIBLE TEXT: 1 Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need!
2-3 He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most.
OBSERVATION: I hope that you will find new insight and an even clearer view of what David may have felt when he wrote this Psalm. We know that David shared with us a lot of what he was thinking and feeling at the time that He wrote each Psalm, and it was like a conversation with his God – his Shepherd. Today I believe it will serve us well to consider where do we run to for peace, quiet, provision, protection and love – qualities David found in his Shepherd.
APPLICATION: Some turn to alcohol and drugs when life seems overwhelming and they are looking for help, or a way out of the stresses of life. For those who have a biblical understanding, or who have attended church services or even funerals, you have heard the words – God is our Shepherd, and We are the sheep of His pasture. I would humbly ask that you stop for a few minutes today and ponder the words ‘Shepherd’ and ‘Sheep’. Try opening the portals of your mind beyond the content of Psalm 23, and just think of the various meanings and characteristics of the two words. While I’m sure that you will find alternate words to these, I thought of: Shepherd – provider; protector; love for his sheep; risk taker for his sheep; looking for the best for his sheep; would place himself in danger to protect his sheep; guide; leader; etc. And for Sheep – humble; obedient; having a mind only to follow their shepherd; no questions asked; no griping or complaining; no ability to fight off the enemy; convinced that the shepherd knows what’s best for them; etc. As I indicated, I realize that this list is not all-inclusive, and that you would have derived a much longer list. However, I believe the process you went through in your mind may have given opportunity to see how David felt about the Great Shepherd, his Heavenly Father. In concluding that God is our Shepherd, and that we are His sheep, don’t you see that we quickly become overwhelmed by God’s love for us? Don’t you see that He was willing to place the life of His Son on the line for us, so that we might be saved from the vengeance of Hell, and instead look forward to the joys of Heaven where the Father and Son reside? But dear friends, I believe it is also easy to see that unless we are good imitators of sheep, we may choose a much worse route for our lives and our eternity. If you gain nothing else from this devotional, please remember that the Great Shepherd is our God who loves us (His children) way more than we could humanly comprehend. As His sheep, we must be willing to give God (our Shepherd) the reigns to our life, so that He may lead us into the best pastures; calm our anxious nerves besides the stillness of beautiful, calm waters; and into His glorious Kingdom; so that we may live forever with He and the Father for ever and ever. It is easy to see that God never intended for us to live a complex; anxious; nerve-wrecking; worrisome life. With Him as our Shepherd, and us as His sheep who would mindlessly obey His commands and His guidance, we could rejoice like David did about enjoying the calm and tranquility of life, as if sitting on the banks of a peaceful river, away from all city noise and stress. We have a faithful Shepherd, oh that we may learn to be like His sheep who will listen and follow His commands!
PRAYER: Precious Lord, our Great Jehovah, our only Shepherd, thank You for loving us enough to lay down Your life for us. Thank You for guiding us into all peace and tranquility. Please help us to bow in obedience and allow You to be our Great Shepherd. David found great peace in this and He shared how he felt in Psalm 23. May we write our song of praise today as we share our words of praise, adoration and thankfulness with You. May it be easy for the unsaved to look on in amazement at how great our God is, just by the way you tenderly care for us – Your sheep. Please draw the unsaved to Yourself today dear Lord, and use us as You see fit. AMEN!
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