Psalm 23:1 “The LORD is my shepherd, I will lack nothing.”
I’ve imagined David as a young shepherd boy being inspired to write this Psalm, as he was in the field contemplating how his care for those sheep so perfectly illustrated God’s care for him. Here David expresses his absolute trust in God; all that he needs has been so perfectly attended to, that he rests content and secure under the care of his Shepherd.
One of God’s great redemptive names Jehovah- (Raah or Roi) meaning The Lord my Shepherd. Jesus is the great Shepherd of our souls, with him who has said ask and you shall receive we can lack nothing. He came to earth to lay down His life to become our Good Shepherd. Under the care and guidance of Christ we will never lack care or direction.
Psalm 34:9-10 clearly states the happy condition of all those who seek the great Shepherd of their soul; “Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” I am reminded of my own happy state of having all that I need provided for me if I simply continue to seek God’s Kingdom and Righteous first (see Matthew 6:33).
The Voice of The Good Shepherd
Sheep become familiar with their shepherd’s voice. The sound of his voice has a calming effect on them, they graze secure knowing they aren’t far from the one who cares for them. Sheep aren’t concerned about tomorrow’s sustenance because their shepherd will guide them to the best fields to graze, and fresh water to drink. Their shepherd knows them and their every need so they follow and are cared for.
You are in the same happy state has the sheep. Jesus is your Shepherd and he always cares for your spirit, mind, and body. You live your entire life under His care and within the sound of His voice. You never lack for His attention, care, or direction. Jesus said in John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Is it any wonder that David placed his life in the hands of God as the sheep do with their shepherd? Take time today to contemplate your happy state as a member of The Good Shepherd’s flock. Exhale and relax God’s got this, you’re in good hands today and so you will be tomorrow as well. Rest in Christ, thank Him for His daily care and guidance, bless Him when you awake in the morning and before you retire at night, and Be Encouraged.