“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” Psalm 23 verse 1.
This Psalm, and there are 150 Psalms altogether, has been called the ‘Pearl of Psalms’. It is a very personal expression of confidence in a shepherd – and must have been written by a sheep!
In the first 3 verses, the writer tells us about the shepherd! In the last 3 verses, the writer talks to the shepherd! This shepherd is so wonderful, everyone must know.
• Our verse tells us very confidently “I shall not want”. Now that can only be for one reason, “The Lord is my shepherd”.
• Another verse tells us very confidently “I will fear no evil” verse 4, and that is at a difficult stage in life: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death”. Now there must be a reason for such confidence as well, “For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”.
• A third verse confidently concludes the Psalm, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” verse 6. Is that too bold, too presumptuous to expect? Why is the Psalmist so confident? Because “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”. The shepherd had cared for the dear sheep all its life and would see it safely Home.
The Lord Jesus Christ tells us “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep … I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”
John chapter 10 verses 11, 14.
Do you know this Good Shepherd? Read more in Psalm 23 and John chapter 10 or ask us for a Bible and we will gladly send you one.