TODAY’S MEDITATION – The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23)

Most believers know and confess that the Lord is their shepherd. In Psalm 23 and throughout the New Testament, we are shown that the Lord is our Shepherd in two main ways. First, as the Good Shepherd, He laid down His life for His sheep. Secondly, His sheep know His voice and follow Him (John 10:11-14). My brother, my sister, whenever you confess that the Lord is your shepherd, you are actually recognizing that, as His sheep, you can wander off and get lost: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). However, when sheep go astray, they are in danger. The same, due to the lusts of our flesh and eyes and our pride (1 John 2:16) we too can easily go astray and put ourselves in danger or worsen our situation by trying to solve things through our own futile self-remedies and attempts at self-righteousness. That is why, like sheep, we too need a shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for us, who searches for us when we are lost in order to save us and to show us the way to eternal life (Luke 19:10). Many times, the Bible warns us of other voices that we can hear that can easily lead us astray to our own destruction. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, warns those who do not believe and listen to Him: “I did tell you, but you do not believe . . . you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:25-28). This is the assurance we have when we believe! And on top of that, the Lord reassures us that when we, as believers, follow our Shepherd Jesus faithfully, we will have all we need. We will not lack the necessities of life for He knows exactly what we need (Luke 12:22-30). Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.