The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want (PSALM 23:1 ESV).
One little word in this verse holds some amazing power. It’s the word my. That little word is the golden key that unlocks the door to God’s treasure chest of blessing. You may know that God is a shepherd. You may believe God is the shepherd. You may even be able to recite Psalm 23, but can you say, “I know the shepherd and he is mine”?
An amazing thing happens in your relationship to God when you come to know him as your own shepherd. When you say, “my shepherd,” he says, “my sheep.” Saying “my shepherd” is the supreme act of faith. But when he says “my sheep,” that’s the supreme act of grace. There is only one way to know that the Lord is your shepherd and that is to make sure that the shepherd is your Lord.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
If you’re like me, you often approach your prayer time with a list of “wants.” And, of course, my wants seem legitimate to me, even worthy of God’s answer.
But what would it be like if we came to God aware that he, our shepherd, has anticipated our needs (in addition to our wants) and has provided everything require in this life? Not just our present needs, but our future needs as well. Good shepherds are like that. They know each sheep by name and they make certain to provide for all that sheep needs. So what would it be like to enter our prayer time with an acknowledgment of God as our shepherd…our need-meeter… the lover of our sheepskin souls?
Yes, the Lord is my shepherd. I pray you make sure he’s your shepherd as well. Find in him all you need in life.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.