“And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6)
We come to the last entry in the study of Psalm 23. There’s good reason why this is one of the most beloved psalms and passages in all of the Scripture. What makes this psalm so great has nothing to do with the sheep and everything to do with the greatness of the LORD who is our Shepherd.
There is nothing more important to sheep and their well-being than who their shepherd is. Whether the sheep will be well taken care of, fed, led, and kept all depends on their shepherd.
Who is our Shepherd? None other than the LORD!
The Hebrew for this last entry literally reads, “And I will dwell in the house of Yahweh for a never ending day.”
The key to experiencing the Shepherd’s provisions, guidance, protection is proximity. Get near the Shepherd. Stay close to the Shepherd. Keep your eyes on the Shepherd. Keep your ears attentive to the Shepherd’s call.
Jesus declares in John 10:15, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
In the hills that surround Israel, multiple shepherds allow their herds to graze on the hills. Each herd knows the voice of their shepherd. They will not follow a stranger’s voice. They will only heed their shepherd’s voice.
If you’ve been a parent, you know how this works. You take your toddler to the playground and there are dozens of kids playing. And even though there are dozens of kids playing, giggling, talking, a parent is able to pick out their own child’s voice without even listening for it. The moment a child falls and cries out, a parent is able to pick out not only their child’s cry, but they can tell what kind of hurt cry it is.
So it is with the Good Shepherd and his sheep. Jesus says in John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Do you know the Shepherd’s voice? The only way to get to know his voice is through the daily reading of the Shepherd’s words in the Bible, and to weekly hear God’s word in worship.
The LORD is our Shepherd. As we stay near his presence, we will dwell in his house forever – for a never ending day.