Read: Psalm 23
I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (v. 6)
Our journey together begins with the Twenty-third Psalm. It has sung its way into more hearts than perhaps any other Scripture. A child memorizes it. Grandpa dies with its words upon his lips.
The Twenty-third Psalm is a personal confession of faith in a caring God. “My” is not even a whole word in Hebrew—but what a prefix! “The Lord is my shepherd.” The Christian faith has revolutionized the world of morals, education, science, medicine, the arts. Yet it begins for you only when it becomes personal. Only when you can say “my shepherd” can you also say, “I have everything I need.” In our wired, gadget-addicted age we stress out, adding anxiety to our lives with our ceaseless wants and desires. Yet when it comes to what we need, the Lord is able to supply us totally. He promises each of us, “as your days, so shall your strength be” (Deut. 33:25). The Scripture declares, “The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing” (Ps. 34:10).
What a beautiful picture of the bond between God and his people—a shepherd and his sheep. Moses was a shepherd. David was a shepherd. All the kings of Israel were intended by God to be shepherds of the people. Are you one of the Lord’s sheep? According to Jesus we may consider ourselves his sheep when we’ve been given a new nature “from above” (John 3:3 NRSV). Can you say, “Jesus, my shepherd”? —Chic Broersma
Prayer: Lord, lead me.