The book of Psalm, chapter 23 happens to be the favorite passage of many in the Bible. A large number of people throughout many generations have found hope in it especially in times of fear and panic. Many people quote this passage when faced with challenges they know they cannot handle.
Psalm 23 – The Divine Shepherd
Psalm 23 is taken from New Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition (NRCV-CE).
The book of Psalms speaks more about the works of David and his relationship with God. David speaks extensively of his love for God and how God cherishes him as his own. No wonder the Bible records David as a man after Gods’ heart.
He called God is a shepherd. For a man to tag a person as a shepherd, it means the person has a great impact in his life. The same way a Shepherd cares for his sheep is the same way God shepherds us. He shields us away from dangers and guides us when need be. We are also under this grace to boldly acknowledge God as our Shepherd. There has to be a personal relationship between you and God to call him this.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
God cares for you
The first passage, “The Lord is my Shepherd” can be related with the parable of the lost sheep. Jesus can and will go all the way out to seek you when you are lost. A good shepherd recognizes all his sheep regardless of how large the flock may be. So also does David described his relationship with God. God does not only know us, he also cares for us. Having Jesus as our shepherd guarantees us of all our needs.
Don’t worry about things you need
Though the sheep cannot open its mouth when in need, the good shepherd knows when to tend to the sheep. Likewise, the Bible does not call us to pray lengthy prayers to get our needs met, the Almighty God is aware of all our needs. Since we have the great advocate as our provider, we should not worry about the things we need.
Do not fear
In another verse, Jesus restores our soul. Jesus takes away all our troubles by restoring us back to him. Reading along, whenever you are faced with challenges, no matter how difficult the situation may be, God has assured us that it is not in our place to fear. We are not to fear because we have the backing of the highest God. We have to be confident calling on the name of Jesus.
Jesus is your shepherd
Let the anointing of God comfort you in all that you do and you would flourish even in the presence of your enemies. With Jesus as our Shepherd, we are assured of abundance with our cup filled with goodness and mercy.
If you are reading this article and you place your trust in other things apart from Jesus, I urge you to acknowledge Jesus as your shepherd so that the prayers in this Psalm will be made manifest in your life.