As a shepherd provides the sheep’s food, water, shelter and all of its needs, so will our Shepherd provide all that we need. We will never lack anything that is necessary for us.
As the shepherd knows when his sheep need to rest or they need water, so does our Sheperd know our needs. He not only will see to it that we get peaceful rest in His Word, but He will provide that water and food from His Word.
Our Shepherd promises to restore our spirits when we am spiritually weary. When rough days and dark clouds loom in the distance, we can rest in His promise that He will carry us through it all. Because we are His, He will lead us as we seek to be more like Him. When we diligently seek Him in our day, He promises to make the path clear so we can reflect His righteousness in our walk.
Our Shepherd not only promises to be with us when we are close to death, but He is there during the whole path leading to death. We will not fear this cancer trial because He is there right beside us. As the shepherd guides his flock with his staff and disciplines the wayward sheep with his rod, so our Shepherd guides us with His Word. He chastises us with His rod when we refuse to walk down the righteous path. All that our Shepherd does is for our good and for our benefit. It is His guidance and direction that cause us to be more like Him.
Our Shepherd has everything under control. We lack nothing – in fact, we have everything that is necessary in my life. We are truly blessed beyond measure.
The born-again child of God receives God’s goodness and His mercy and a sound promise to dwell with Him for ever! Glory!
No matter how many times we read this Psalm, each time brings a fresh new blessing from the God of Glory!
© Kate Plourde 2009