The Shepherd and His Sheep / The Twenty-Third Psalm

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. — Psalm 23:1

My Shepherd. The word “my” indicates a personal relationship. A Shepherd and his sheep are very close. He calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out…and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice (John 10:3˗4).

A shepherd is one who guides and leads the sheep. Jesus called us sheep because we, ourselves, don’t know where to go. We need the Lord as our Shepherd to lead us where He wants us to go.

People have many shepherds, or leaders. But the Lord is a different kind of Shepherd. He is not only our Guide but also our Source for everything we need. People try to make a lot of different things their sources. But if we accept anything short of the Lord, it’s really just a substitute. The Psalmist is saying “THE LORD is my Source.” (See also Philippians 4:19).

A little girl once said, “The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all I want.” And it’s true. If the Lord is your Shepherd, according to the Word, He does supply all of your need. There is no lack! With the Psalmist, you can say, “I shall not want.”