“The LORD is my shepherd”
David wrote this famous psalm about 1000 years before the birth of Christ – and about 600 years before Ezekiel’s prophetic ministry. He knew from personal experience what it was to be a shepherd and how it involved both providing for the sheep and protecting them.
“David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear” (1 Samuel 17:34-36)
David also knew only too well how God had guided his life, provided for him and protected him. God had been a shepherd to him.
In keeping with God’s prophecy to Ezekiel Jesus, when His ministry began, took on the role of the Shepherd – in His case the Good Shepherd.
- “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
- “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me” (John 10:14)
In our case Jesus, through the Spirit, helps us not only with our material needs but with our spiritual ones as well. With the former He helps us through our own efforts and the efforts of others. However with our spiritual needs He becomes to us what we need and long for. He is our daily bread of life; He is the living water; and He is the One in whom we find rest. It is only in our relationship with Him that our deepest needs are met, and our greatest longings satisfied.
“The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.”
Take time to feed on His Word; time to drink from His stillness; time to rest in His love.
Lord, please help me to feed and drink from You and to rest in Your presence and love. Amen