David wrote, “The LORD is my shepherd”. How wonderful that when we trust Christ, we become the sheep of Almighty God. According to this verse, the Lord is:
Our Preeminent Shepherd – “The LORD”. Men are likened to sheep and men who lead them are likened to shepherds. Joshua was like one. Moses asked God to set a man over the congregation so that they would not be “as sheep which have no shepherd”, Num 27:16-17.
Ahab was also like one. When Micaiah prophesied Ahab’s death he said, “I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd’, 1 Ki 22:17.
Joshua was a great man and Ahab was a king, but the Lord is far above them both. He is the chief Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, 1 Pet 5:4, 2:25. He is called “the great shepherd of the sheep”, Heb 13:20. And thank God that he is good.
Our Present Shepherd – “is”. When Moses asked God his name, he said, “I AM THAT I AM”. When the Pharisees argued with Jesus Christ about whether he was greater than Abraham, Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am”, Jn 8:58.
No matter where you are, he “is”. No matter what you’re going through, he “is”. Sheep are not always with their shepherd. But Jesus is always with us.
Our Personal Shepherd – “my”. When you trust Christ as your Saviour, Jesus is yours and you are his. He said, “my sheep… my voice… my hand… my Father’s hand”, Jn 10:27-29. Can you see how personal our relationship is with him and how personal his relationship is with us?
SoS 6:3 says, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine”. Jesus knows your specific needs and desires and deals with you personally like no other sheep in his flock.
Conclusion: remember each moment of each day that Jesus is preeminent, present, and personal. He is with you at all times.