“The LORD is my shepherd…” (Psalm 23:1).
In the coming days we will be studying the 23rd Psalm together. There is a reason why this is one of the most beloved and well known psalms and passages of scripture. Even those who are not part of the church have heard of and know of this psalm.
So what is the big deal? Why is this one of the most important psalms? What does this psalm teach us about who God is and who we are?
That’s what we’re going to find out in the days to come.
“The LORD is my shepherd…”
The Hebrew language had multiple ways of referring to God. When the English Bible translates the word “Lord”, there are two primary Hebrew words that is translated into English as Lord.
- When you see “Lord”, the Hebrew word that is being translated is elohim. This Hebrew literally means God or god.
- When you see “LORD”, the Hebrew word that is being translated is YHWH, or yahweh. This word literally means “I am who I am.” This is the self-designation that God proclaimed to Moses when Moses asked who he was supposed to tell the Israelites sent him to free the Israelites. This word is so holy, so revered, that Jews never even pronounced the name. Whenever they came to this name in the Hebrew Bible, they would utter, elohim.
Our text declares that the LORD – YHWH is our shepherd. The LORD who created the heavens and the earth with the utterance of a spoken word. The LORD who is the ruler over all time, all history, and all eternity. The LORD who is above all. That LORD is our shepherd.
Our God is not just your run of the mill gods of the world. Our God is the LORD. There is none like him. He is the King of kings, LORD of lords, and the only living and loving God.
Most importantly, he is your God; my God.
“The LORD is my shepherd.”
Now, that’s saying something!!!