Everyone knows the first five words of the 23rd Psalm: ―The Lord is my Shepherd… These words not only introduce the Psalm and the God of the Psalm, but are actually powerful words that reveal our relationship with Him. Notice, for example:
The – This reveals that Jehovah God is the only God. He is not merely a god – He is THE God. He is not one of many – He is the One and only! We should, like Paul, always profess, “yet for us there is one God” (1 Corinthians 8:6).
Lord – This shows that God is the Lord – our master. A Lord is one who has rule over your life. If He is our Lord then He is first in everything. As Peter suggests, let us “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts‖ (1 Peter 3:15).
Is – This present tense word shows that God lives. He was, and is, and always will be. God is just as alive today as when David wrote this Psalm. Let us indeed be convinced of what God thundered forth in Malachi 4:6, “For I am the Lord, I do not change.”
My – God is not an abstract power – He is not an aloof entity. He wants to be our personal God. He wants a relationship with us. It is imperative that we become as close to Him as possible. Let us, like Thomas, proudly proclaim, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28).
Shepherd – A good shepherd is one who lovingly cares for, feeds, guides, and protects the sheepfold. This is what God does for us if we stay faithful to Him. We can be at peace if we fully trust in Him and obey His will. And we should, like the Psalmist, express joy all day long for Him: “So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, will give You thanks forever; we will show forth Your praise to all generations” (Psalm 79:13).
Is the Lord God truly your Shepherd? If so, you have nothing to fear. . . read the rest of Psalm 23 for this assurance. – Edd Sterchi, Campbellsville, KY
Scripture of the Week
Romans 12:9-10 “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
Think About It
Pathfinder of the Sea
In Richmond, Virginia, there is a statue of a man sitting on a chair with a Bible on the floor beside his left foot. This monument has an inscription: Matthew Fontaine Maury, Pathfinder of the Seas, the genius who first snatched from the oceans and atmosphere the secret of their laws. His inspiration: Holy Writ, Psalm 8:8; Ecclesiastes 1:6”.
This statue was placed there, along with the inscription in 1929, by the US Naval Institute.
Born in 1806, Commodore Maury became a renown American astronomer, historian, oceanographer, meteorologist, cartographer, geologist, and educator. But more than that, he was a Bible-believer who trusted the inerrancy of the Word of God. If the Bible said there are paths in the seas, he should be able to find them — and find them he did! A fact which has become of tremendous benefit to all seamen.
The passage Maury read says, “You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas” (Psa. 8:5-8).
Although written many centuries ago, the Bible is a modern book. Primarily, it is not a scientific text. It was given to man as a perfect spiritual guide. It is a source book for spiritual development and soul culture. Yet, the Bible is scientifically accurate.
How appropriate it is that this psalm should close with the following words: “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” ~~ John Gibson, Little Rock, AR
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