A Look at Psalms 23 Part 2
Right out the gate, David introduces the Shepherd and sheep motif that continues throughout the majority of the psalm. “The LORD is my shepherd”.
[Psa 23:1 NKJV] 1 A Psalm of David. The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verse one, David reminds himself and confirms to himself who God is in his life and what that means for him. I know that King David is famously the man after God’s heart (acts 13:22), could this be one the disciplines in his pursuit? After all it’s not that David had His heart, it’s that David was after His heart. Maybe there is something to making a habit of confirming to myself who God is my life, whether through a written journal or perhaps a conversation with my spirit while driving my truck.
Right out the gate David introduces the Shepherd and sheep motif that continues throughout the majority of the psalm. “The LORD is my shepherd”, I wish I had a more intimate understanding of the relationship between a shepherd and his sheep. But, because I only have a small amount of personal experience raising a lamb I’m left to speculate what the depth of this relationship might be. However, even with a lot of experience being a shepherd I would still be left to speculate the position of the sheep. After all, that’s who I am in David’s analogy. As a sheep I would rely on my Shepherd to direct me, to provide for my needs, and to protect me. It takes a fair amount of trust and self-control to allow the Shepherd manage those 3 primary needs, especially, in the moments that I think I could do a better job. It’s during the times that I think I could do better; that “I shall not want” really comes into focus in a new way. Where before I may have read “I shall not want” and simply concluded that the Lord will provide for all my needs, which I still believe is the case. Now, I can add to that and understand “I shall not want” is also a directive that I need to communicate to my spirit in those self-serving times that may try to lure me out of the guidance, or provision, or protection of my Shepherd.
Lord, You are my Shepherd and I believe You are a good Shepherd! I will rely on You to direct my path. I will trust You to provide for me and I will follow Your instructions to be generous with what You have provided me with. I believe that You will protect my family and I from any scheme of the enemy. Amen.
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