The Lord is my shepherd. I have everything I need. Psalm 23:1
You Have a Shepherd
You have probably heard the story of David and Goliath. Do you know what David’s job was as a young boy? He was a shepherd in the fields of Bethlehem. What do you think a shepherd is supposed to do? If you said, “Stay near his sheep, make sure they don’t wander off, and protect them from wolves and other predators,” then you were right! A shepherd takes good care of his sheep and protects them day and night.
How Is the Lord Our Shepherd?
In Psalm 23, David calls God his shepherd. What do you think he means by that? He means that the Lord is always with us, He will keep us from getting lost, and He will protect us.
Do you think a shepherd walks behind or in front of his sheep? He walks in front! He leads them and shows them where they need to go. Just like a shepherd, Jesus leads the way for us.
Let’s look at each of the words in the verse and think about what they tell us:
The Lord—There is only one Lord.
Is—This means He is my shepherd—right now!
My—He’s mine! He cares about me and watches over me.
Shepherd—He keeps me close to Him and protects me.
What Does the Shepherd Give Us?
David says something else very important: “I have everything I need.” God wants us to ask Him for things we need and to trust Him as our Shepherd to take care of us. Sometimes we want things other people have, and we don’t feel happy until we get what we want. But Jesus wants us to be content. That means being happy and thankful for what we do have, not only thinking about what we don’t have.
Do you trust Jesus to be your Shepherd, to watch over you and give you everything you need? If so, tell Him!
Dear Lord, thank You for being my Shepherd and leading me. Sometimes I want . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , but I trust You, and I know You give me everything I need. I promise to follow You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Don’t forget . . .
God’s Word is for me and to me, it is in me and working through me, and just like His love, it goes on and on forever!