Updated: Apr 8, 2020
This devotion was taken from the devotions Pastor Frankie is writing and mailing to the children of EVNaz on a weekly basis.
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
David, who is the author of this poem, is a shepherd and his father was a shepherd. Later David becomes the “Shepherd King” of Israel, and here he states “The Lord is my shepherd.”
David is referring to the Lord God of Israel. Jesus confirmed it when he walked this earth and said “I am the Good Shepherd.”
In order to be a shepherd you need to have sheep. There is a relationship between a shepherd and his sheep. Jesus wants a relationship with each of us. He is our good shepherd.
When David wrote this Psalm he was speaking as a sheep would feel about his shepherd. David understood that because he himself was a shepherd and cared for his sheep. David spoke with pride, devotion and admiration. It was like one of the most exciting opportunities to proclaim “Look at who my shepherd is – my owner! The Lord is!”
Isaiah 53:6 (NIV)
"We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity (sin or wrongdoing) of us all."
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, loves His sheep (us).
John 10:11 (NIV) says: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
We truly belong to Jesus. It is no wonder that David took pride in belonging to the Good Shepherd. Do you?
Thank you, Father, for sending your Son, Jesus, to be my Good Shepherd. Thank you for loving me that much.
In Jesus Name, Amen