READ : Psalm 23:1-6
Here is the best-known passage in Scripture. Would that all who know about it would experience what it describes, a wonderful relationship to God who is our shepherd. We understand more fully that truth as we hear Jesus say to us, “I am the good shepherd.”
The Psalm describes some of the things Jesus provides for us. Sheep need pastures and quiet waters from which they can drink (v. 2). So we need to have our souls fed, and that takes place as we read about Jesus in the Bible. Jesus also provides guidance (v. 3). We must face death. What a difficult time. But Jesus’ promise to go with us through that experience makes all the difference in the world (v. 4).
Only those who walk close to Jesus experience what is involved in “my cup overflows” (v. 5). Jesus provides for us in this life and the life to come. The days of our lives contain a variety of experiences, but the Psalmist is assured of God’s care in all of them (v. 6a). Then there is the life to come, “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (v. 6b). Jesus says, “In my Father’s house are many rooms, I go to prepare a place for you.” Today many people think that science and technology can provide all they need. But only Jesus can provide for eternity. Our prosperous culture cannot provide for our deepest need, victory over death. But Jesus can.
Good Shepherd, we praise You for providing for all of our needs. Amen.