“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1. What does it mean for the Lord to be our shepherd? Recently when I was in Israel I learned some things about the shepherd of flock of sheep. The shepherd is very deliberate in his leadership. When giving water to the sheep, shepherds would go to the supply of water found in the hewn out mountains, designed to collect rain water and keep it safe for the people and animals. These “still” waters would be placed in a trough by the shepherd. He would continually ladle out more water, but always with his eyes on the sheep, not the trough.
Our great Shepherd likewise gives to us out of His riches in glory, while never taking His watchful, caring eye off of His sheep.
How do we become one of His sheep? Well, Adrian Rogers said, “There is only one way to know that the Lord is your Shepherd, and that is to make the Shepherd your Lord.” Jesus states in the Gospel of John, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 11:27-30)
You see, our relationship with God is not based on our abilities, but on God’s great mercy and grace. Our works are destined to failure apart from God’s power. Max Lucado said, “Salvation’s permanence isn’t based on my ability to keep it, by on God’s ability to sustain it.” No matter what, no one can take away what our Great Shepherd gives!
Is. 53:6 reminds us that all of us are like sheep and have gone astray. We’ve all turned our own ways, but God has caused our sin–our iniquity to fall on Christ. He has paid the debt. He has provided, from His riches everything that we need for life and for salvation.
Revelation 7:16-17 “They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor wil the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their Shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”