One of the best-known and well-liked chapters in the Bible, is Psalm 23. In times of heartache, people contemplate its principles and find solace in its truths.
This past week, I was offering comfort to a daughter as she said her final goodbye to her mother and father. I called her attention to the word “is” in the first verse of the psalm: The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.
God is an is God; He isn’t a has been or a might be Deity. This is the difference between the pain of the world and the promise of heaven. It’s more than a wish; it’s God’s centuries old pledge: The Lord is my shepherd.
The Lord is also:
- A reservoir of strength.
- Worthy of praise (Psalm 18:2).
- Kind and fair (Psalm 25:8)
- A source of comfort when discouraged.
- Compassionate (Psalm 103:8).
- Merciful (Psalm 145:8).
- A rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
The list above compliments the shepherd-sheep relationship woven within the verses of Psalm 23. I encourage you to refer to this list throughout the week so you can deepen your relationship with the good Shepherd.