The Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell
[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever.

 

Psalm 23

 

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep… I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

 

John 10: vv 11, 14

 

I was listening to KDRY 1100 AM tonight on the way home from work, and heard a story referenced in a sermon. Some of you may have heard it anecdotally, so I’ll ask your forgiveness for the redundancy, but it struck me as interesting and quite relevant.

 

“Often after dinner at these parties people give recitations, sing,
and use whatever talent they have to entertain the company.
One year a famous actor was among the guests. When it came his turn to perform, he recited the Twenty-third Psalm, perhaps the most beloved psalm in the Psalter. His rendition was magnificent, and there was much applause.

At the end of the evening, someone noticed a little old great aunt dozing in the corner. She was deaf as a post and had missed most of what was going on,
but she was urged to get up and recite something. In those days people used to memorize a lot of poetry! So she stood up, and in her quivery old voice she started, “The Lord is my shepherd,…” and went on to the end of the psalm.
When she had finished there were tears in many eyes.

Later one of the guests approached the famous actor. "You recited that psalm absolutely superbly. It was incomparable. So why were we so moved by that funny, little old lady?"

He replied, "I know the psalm. She knows the shepherd."

 

We’ve all heard that Psalm; I’m sure that many of us know it by heart. But how many of us truly know the One about Whom the Psalm was written?

This Psalm is one that is often used by pastors who officiate at funerals of people with whom they are unfamiliar; it is comforting, and encouraging, as it ends with the ultimate promise of eternal life. Its words convey the assurance of life with God for the deceased, as well as for those in the congregation. And those words are wonderful things.

 

But what about the Word?

 

Friends, it is only through a relationship with Him that any of this means anything. He is the one Whose death brought us into right relationship with His sovereign Father. He is the one Who conquered death and was resurrected through the mighty power of the Holy Spirit. It is in His image that the Holy Spirit convicts and transforms as we travel on our spiritual journey. He is everything.

 

This isn’t a new concept—you’ve heard this before. And yet… do you truly get it? Do you truly know Him as the Good Shepherd? Does He have a special place in your heart—nay,does He have your heart? Does He have you? And do you have Him?

 

Prayer Requests

  • For Pastor Kevin
  • For those mourning the loss of loved ones and faced with unbearable pain
  • For those going away to college, and for the families who are missing them
  • For us to discern His will and be obedient to it

 

If it’s been a while since you’ve been in the green pastures or beside still waters, I invite you to reengage with the Good Shepherd. My prayer is that you know that you know that you know His love for you.

 

Quotes

 

“God didn’t call you to be a judge, or a lawyer, but to be a witness.”

 

“Every day, you have a choice. You can believe that God is in control, or you could stay worried and expect the worst.”