“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” vs. 1
There are probably good reasons for this psalm being a favorite. Maybe it’s just because it’s familiar…it’s one of the few scripture passages that many of us could come close to saying from memory. And it could be that we like the imagery evoked by the words…the calm pastoral scene with still waters and green grass. But most likely it’s because we like thinking of the Lord as a shepherd! It just feels good to know that God is watching out for us in every circumstance of life. Even though we like thinking we’re independent and that we can take care of ourselves, there are always those times when we crave direction…and maybe even protection. And the truth is that we’re not as self-sufficient as we might think we are. We would do well to surrender our lives to our nurturing, guiding Lord every single morning. If the psalmist is right, and the Lord really is our shepherd, we’re not going to lack for anything…we’ll be blessed from dawn to dusk and have security every night. The only way we can get in trouble is to wander away from the right paths God has in mind for us…and even when that happens, God searches until we are found. It’s all in a shepherd’s job description…and when the Lord is the shepherd, well, what more could we want!
Thought for the Day: What more would I like from the Lord?