The Lord Is My Shepherd

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by Samuel D. Geroy

In July 2012, we studied Psalm 23; one verse every Sunday. Below is short summary.

   In the Ancient Near East during the time of David in approximately 900 BC, the shepherd was a widely used metaphor for kings. This is one of the main thoughts in Psalm 23-that the Lord God our king is the Shepherd-King of his people. This thought deepens the meaning of this Psalm..

   The Shepherd is the LORD, the Adonai which is the covenant name of God (YAHWEH) by which he committed himself to a loyal support of all who trust in him. With this kind of Shepherd-King watching us, what more could we want?

   He is the good Shepherd-King who gave his life for the “sheep.” He also knows the sheep and the sheep knows him, as well as the great shepherd of the sheep, the chief shepherd, and he is “my” shepherd. As his sheep I will never be in want of the most important things, the deepest needs or the eternal needs. Then he makes me lie down in contented, secure rest in his green pastures. This is a metaphor to describe all that makes my life flourish. Then he leads me in the quiet waters of resting places and renews my soul, refreshes my spirit in the midst of trials and tests. The father/son relationship is the simplest, closest, and clearest picture of my relationship with God.

   My Shepherd-King also guides me as my Adonai-Jehovah-the God of the covenant or testament, who promised to arrange providences for the welfare of those who obey him. He guides me in paths of righteousness, prosperity and love for the honor of His name. He sees to it that my treasures are always full for the honor of his name.

   In the center line (verse 4) of the Psalm he expressed that he is with us always. Though the true essence of life is short and frail our true attitude should be to fear no evil and always depend on the “rod” and “staff” of his providence.

   As Laban, who was an enemy before, made a bond of friendship with Jacob (Genesis 31:25-55) that was sealed by a meal so God makes our enemies to become our friends. During those times, the host of the banquet, who was usually a higher monarch, anointed the head of his guests with oil (23:5). The food in the succeeding banquet was overflowing.

   Because of all the good results of David’s circumstances in his walk with God, he concluded that goodness and mercy will follow him all his days (verse 6). He did experience such goodness and mercy all his life (1,2 Samuel; 1 Kings 1, 2). We know and believe that David is now with the Lord forever.

    Like him we also believe that the Lord is our Shepherd-King. All the good things that he experienced and received from God we will also have because we too believe and trust the Shepherd-King of David.