Jesus Our Shepherd

Psalms 23:1-6 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul: He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me; Your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”

Jesus, our Shepherd, watches over us with loving concern.
(1) We shall not want for anything physical, mental, or spiritual under His watchful eye. He is concerned about our needs. He will see that we are well fed by His word which is milk and meat.
(2) He will lead us to places where we might find spiritual rest, peace, and refreshment. Thus, He will meet the needs of our soul, restoring us to spiritual health. By His word, His life, and His Spirit He leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. He leads us in the way we live our lives and in how we minister. He leads us that we might fulfill the Father’s will as He did when He was here.
(3) He will protect us and guide us through the valley of the shadow of death. We will pass through it not stay in it. We will be touched by only the shadow of death and not death itself (John 11:25-26). His presence, protection, and guidance will comfort us.
(4) He will prepare a place of peace, comfort, joy, fellowship, and nourishment amid our enemies.
(5) He anoints us with His Holy Spirit, filling us to overflowing with rivers of living water flowing from our innermost being (John 7:38-39).
(6) His goodness and mercy shall follow us as a companion all the days of our lives.
(7) We will dwell in the house of the Lord forever for He has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again to receive us to Himself that where He is there we shall be also (John 14:1-3).

As I said in yesterday’s post, (1) listen to Him and follow Him (2) get better acquainted with your Shepherd (3) spend time with Him and in His word (4) make Him a part of your day.