The LORD is my Shepherd

“The LORD is my shepherd…” (Psalm 23:1).

If you’re a sheep, shepherd matters.

The well-being, health, and what kind of a life a sheep lives depends all on the shepherd.

  • If the shepherd is lazy, it’s the sheep who suffer.
  • If the shepherd is mean, brutal, and violent, it is the sheep who suffer.
  • If the shepherd in incompetent, it’s the sheep who suffer.
  • If the shepherd is good, wise, competent, kind, loving, it is the sheep who benefit.

The LORD is my shepherd.

Sheep are one of the most hapless and helpless creatures in the animal kingdom.

  • Sheep do not have a keen sense of smell, hearing, or eyesight.
  • Sheep have no fangs, no claws, no horns.
  • Sheep are not fast nor very agile.
  • Sheep are not very smart.
  • Sheep are one of the most defenseless creatures in the animal kingdom.

Sheep are completely dependent upon their shepherd for their protection, provisions, and well-being.

Christian. Who is your shepherd?

The LORD is my shepherd! The LORD is good. The LORD is kind. The LORD is powerful. The LORD is God.

The LORD is my shepherd!

Whatever you are facing today, you are not alone. For you are the LORD’s sheep, and he is your shepherd.

The LORD is My Shepherd

“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!!!

Obedience…What’s the First Word That Comes to Mind?

“This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the LORD is to be on your lips. For the LORD brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand” (Exodus 13:9).

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word, “Obedience?”

I am sure there are many responses from all of you, but I would be shocked if “Joy” and “Delight” were what you were thinking. If you thought those words, let me know! Because you’ve got it right.

The context of the verse for today comes from the Exodus. The Israelites just escaped Egypt. They are free. It’s after they’ve experienced the Passover and the mass exodus out of Egypt that Moses commands the Israelites to observe the Passover every year as a memorial and a reminder of all that God did for them.

Don’t miss the order: the command for obedience and observance comes only after salvation. The Jews were set free. They had already crossed the Red Sea. They’ve already seen the Pharaoh’s army drowned. They’ve already seen God’s love and protection for them through the first Passover.

Only after they’ve experienced salvation, does the call for obedience come up. Obedience is the response of the saved, rescued, and the redeemed. Obedience reminds us of God’s awesome salvation.

Obeying God, his commands, and his word is not how we gain access to God. Obedience doesn’t earn us a spot in God’s kingdom. Obedience is the response of those who have already been saved.

We obey, not to gain God’s favor, but because we have already been favored through the salvation purchased for us by the cross, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Our obedience is our joyful and willing response because of all that God has done for us.

So the next time you think about obedience? Think “Joy” and “Delight” because Christ has already done the work of salvation.