Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Lord is my Shepherd

“The Lord is my shepherd.” Psalm 23:1

In this most beloved Psalm, we see the God of the Universe through David’s eyes. David writes how he experienced His Father as a caring shepherd who provided everything he needed. Throughout his life, even when he sinned greatly, he knew his God would bring him back to the right path. When he was in danger, hunted down by the powerful King Saul, David experienced God’s protection.

“I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.” A shepherd has a staff or “mishena” with a crook which he uses to prod the sheep. When a shepherd brings his flock through mountain paths, sometimes there are dangerous cliffs, and if a sheep walks too close to the edge, he uses his staff to pull the sheep back to safety. The rod or “shebet” is used to protect his flock from wolves or other animals. It is also used to discipline the sheep who repeatedly stray from the flock. A shepherd will intentionally break its leg, and splint it so it cannot move away from him. 

When we were young, we hated the discipline and correction of our parents. But discipline is usually a sign of love, that our parents are not indifferent to us, that they care enough to teach and correct us. The same is true with God. In Hebrews 12:6, Paul tells us that the Lord disciplines those He loves, He chastises every son, just like a good shepherd does. In Psalm 94:12, the psalmist proclaims, “Happy are those whom You discipline, Lord, and those whom You teach from Your law.” 

Thank You for being my shepherd, Lord. Thank You for loving and caring enough to discipline me when I stray. Thank You for teaching Your ways every day. 

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