The Lord is my Shepherd
By: Pastor Tim January 25, 2018
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.” The most well-known Psalm is the 23rd Psalm. James Montgomery Boice says, “Millions of people have memorized this Psalm, even those who have learned few other Scripture remember these words. Pastors have used the 23rd Psalm to comfort people who are going through severe personal trials, suffering illness, or dying. For some, the words of this Psalm have been the last they have ever uttered in life.” In Boice’s words these Words of God has brought deep lasting comfort. I know as a pastor I have witnessed the 23rd Psalm comforts more griefs than all the philosophy of the world. Recently I was studying this passage and could not get past the first half of the first sentence. How much is said in the simple words, “The Lord is my Shepherd”. Have you considered what these words mean?
The first two words, “The Lord” means HE is my GOD and HE is to be the only one to tell me how to live. My wife asked my son several years ago, “what does it mean that Jesus is Lord?” My son who was about 10 thought a moment then said, “Jesus gets to tell me how to live.” In our culture we have moved away from using the word Lord. One of the only places I am aware of that the term Lord is “Landlord.” A Landlord is the owner of a property who gets to tell you how to use the property. This is what David is saying when he says, “The Lord.” This is exactly what we are saying when we say “The Lord is my Shepherd”. I belong to the one who owns my Soul and God and only God gets to tell me how to live.
Saying that the Lord is my Shepherd also means that I am a sheep. I know going through life I have come to know how unwise I really am and how desperately I need the constant guidance of how to be a husband, a dad, a human being. Life has a way of reminding me of my limitations and need for Jesus’ loving words and guidance. David is saying the Lord is my Shepherd and because of this he will always be dependent upon HIM.
The Lord is my Shepherd speaks not only to the fact I am a sheep and that I am dependent, but I also welcome Jesus constant examination over my life. To call Jesus Lord is to say I am one who needs HIS constant examination to help me to walk upright in my life. It really speaks to my attitude of willingly being under HIS examination and avoiding wanting to hide from Jesus. I know that personally I quickly return to thinking that I want to do things my way and avoid Jesus examination.
I am amazed how much God says in a few words and I am humbled when I understand what His word really means.