Our Shepherd, Ps 23:1

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.