Psalm 23 Part 1

The shepherd takes care of His sheep

The shepherd takes care of His sheep

Let’s take a look at Psalm 23 and how we can apply it to our lives.

The Lord is my shep­herd, I shall not want.

A shep­herd is very dif­fer­ent from a sheep herder. A sheep herder goes along behind the sheep and chas­es them while herd­ing them in the direc­tion he wants them to go. The sheep in this case do not always end up where the sheep herder wants them to go. It can also be quite a process to get the sheep to go where they need to be. A shep­herd is much dif­fer­ent. He leads the sheep and they fol­low him. They know his voice and they fol­low because of rela­tion­ship with the shep­herd.

When I think of the Lord being my shep­herd and that I will not want, I get a very clear pic­ture of a gra­cious and kind Shep­herd speak­ing in a gen­tle tone as I fol­low His voice. My Lord guides me with love and patience.

What a beau­ti­ful word pic­ture of how the Lord leads us. He doesn’t run behind us prod­ding us with a stick and yelling. He leads from the front clear­ing the path ahead of us. We tru­ly will not want when we are fol­low­ing the Lord’s voice.

He makes me lie down in green pas­tures; He leads me beside qui­et waters.

Think of the dif­fer­ence between a green pas­ture and a pas­ture that is dried up and brown. Which pas­ture do you think the sheep will want to be in?  I guar­an­tee the sheep prefer the green pas­ture to the brown. Green=food!

What about the water source men­tioned here? The oppo­site of qui­et waters is tur­bu­lent and trou­bled waters. Sheep prefer a source of water that is not churn­ing and over­flow­ing. A tur­bu­lent source of water may be dan­ger­ous to the sheep who often do not know what is best for them.

This speaks right to my heart telling me that the Lord will provide for my needs. Not only will I not want but I will be sur­round­ed with what I need in abun­dance. This is not talk­ing about a slight parcel of green pas­ture or a small pud­dle of sweet, qui­et water. In my mind this is a huge open pas­ture and a peace­ful stream of calm flow­ing water. There will be no stam­pede or fight to get to either one for they are in abun­dance. So too will be my life. It will be filled with abun­dance with God’s rich bless­ings!

He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of right­eous­ness for His name’s sake.

What a won­der­ful promise! In order for a soul to be restored there has to be a loss or dam­age of some kind. To restore some­thing is to bring some­thing back to its healthy and nor­mal state. Most of us have expe­ri­enced events that caused dam­age to our inner man. Some of us feel very bro­ken by life. He promis­es her to restore my soul to its prop­er func­tion. In Him I am not longer bro­ken or wound­ed.

Then He says He will guide me in the way I should go. The paths of right­eous­ness is talk­ing about walk­ing and liv­ing accord­ing to His plan and pur­pose. He is a Holy God and through Christ we can walk the path of right­eous­ness that He desires for our lives, ful­ly healed and restored! That is good news!

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