Thursday, March 7, 2013

Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
-Andy Gleiser

What's going on in your life today? What weighs on your mind at night? What do you find strangling your soul? Do you have issues at home? Do you feel lost? Feeble? Fearful? The 23rd Psalm is what you need. You need a Shepherd. Jesus said in John 10:11, "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." As you read the Shepherd's psalm, remember it is all about Jesus.
If it is true Jesus is your Shepherd, what does that make you? A sheep! What are sheep like? I'm sorry…it's not too flattering! Sheep stink. Sheep are fearful. Sheep are stupid, weak, dependent, and have a strong desire to wander away. Surely, this couldn't be a picture of us! But wait… 
Can your attitude, behavior, or reactions stink? Check.
Do you ever worry over the future, your parents, your salvation, or even failing? Check. 
Have you ever done a foolish, stupid act of sin, going places physically or digitally you never dreamed you would? Check.
Do you lack strength to obey God and walk with him? Check. 
Do you need guidance for big decisions? Check.
Has there ever been a time when you drifted away from God? Check. 
Ouch! We are very much like sheep. What do sheep need? A Shepherd! And according to David, you have one, and his name is Yahweh. Yahweh is the One who was reigning when you went to sleep and when you awoke. Yahweh is the One who holds the universe together by the power of his voice. Oceans obey the slightest command of Yahweh!
But though he may be a Shepherd to millions, he is your Shepherd. Yes, Jesus is all-powerful. Yes, Jesus is special, perfect, and sovereign. Yes, Jesus is God. But Jesus is yours! Health, moods, plans, and family all change, but your Shepherd never changes, never leaves, never forsakes, and never sleeps.
But don't miss the end of the verse. Jesus is also your satisfaction. Because he is your Shepherd, you will not lack anything you need for today or tomorrow. This also means you will not crave anything. In other words, Jesus so satisfies you that you need nothing else. You don't need the approval of classmates; you have Jesus. You don't need a relationship with a boy/girl to make you happy; you have Jesus. You don't need more stuff to make you feel special; you have Jesus. Nothing satisfies like your relationship with Jesus.

Food for thought: You may know Psalm 23, but how well do you know the Shepherd?