Vs. 1, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” This is probably the best known psalm! David paints us a picture of God’s goodness illustrated as a Shepherd. David being a shepherd himself could so vividly share how Jesus is our shepherd. Yet through all the dangers and struggles of this life, we can remember that one day we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever! It’s one thing to say “The Lord is my shepherd.”…in fact, we all as Christians have proclaimed this wonderful news! But what about the second half of this, “I shall not be in want.” You know the saying, “We want many things, but do you really need many things?” We need God. But we should also WANT God…not just on Friday’s or Sunday’s….our desire and want for God should be like a Deer that panteth for water!
Regarding application…Trusting God. Vs. 4, “Even 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.” David had no fear because he knew God would protect him. David was a shepherd and this psalm he wrote would also point to the Jesus our true Shepherd. When the Sheep get scared they scatter from each other, but when the Shepherd speaks his voice the sheep come back to the voice they trust. They knew the Shepherd will protect them from any dangerous animals, but they also know the Shepherd will bring them back together again. That is what Jesus does when we trust in in Him. Some of us need to come back to Jesus…some of us need to come back to each other. Pray that you would hear your Shepherd’s voice.