As we settle in a new place and have experienced so many changes and unexpecteds, the Lord has drawn my heart again to Psalm 23. I love this Psalm. It has been a stay in so many turbulent times. It has been a reminder through the years that the Lord is my sufficiency no matter what comes my way.
This is one of my recent meditations from Psalm 23. I share it with a few desires.
First, I pray it will exalt Jesus the Good Shepherd (John 16:14).
Second, I pray that this will encourage you to find sufficiency in the Shepherd no matter what you are facing.
Third, I pray that it will encourage you to meditate on the Lord Jesus. I think this is the best possible way to apply Paul’s words in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” The more I consider this verse the more I am convinced that meditating on Jesus is the most true, most honorable, most just, most pure, most lovely, most commendable, most excellent, and most praiseworthy meditation possible. I also believe this is what Paul meant by “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).
This may be the first of many to share. It may not be. This may be the only meditation from Psalm 23 I share for now. I make no promises at this point. I am simply meditating on this slowly for my personal encouragement and hope it will also encourage you. Sometimes I write meditations, and sometimes I simply pray them as I walk. Whatever I write down and can share, I pray it is an encourgement to you. The one is short, but it has filled my mind to the brim in recent days with the awesomeness of my relationship with Jesus and His with me.
“A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”Psalm 23:1
As I contemplate the personal nature of this statement, I can’t help but be amazed. The LORD is MY shepherd. David is speaking, but this has a wider application. I don’t believe that this is simply David saying this for himself. Under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, David was writing this as a personal Psalm that God’s people can sing, say, and pray. Our Lord Jesus said that He is the Good Shepherd who has laid down His life for the sheep (John 10:11). So, all who belong to Jesus by faith can say with confidence, “The LORD is MY shepherd.” I can say with confidence, “The LORD is MY Shepherd!”
Lord Jesus, You are MY Shepherd. You have loved me and demonstrated that by dying for me. You not only died to pay for my sin, but You have died to own me for Yourself. You have not only died to take me to heaven, but to walk with my in this life now. You came to give me abundant life, not as the world defines life, but life that is beyond all the world can offer. This is grace and peace in their greatest expression, and because I am in You this is all mine. This is all mine, because You are mine. May I live in peace and joy in this greatest of unions; I am united to the Lord of the universe. I am Yours, and You are mine. Amen. (Psalm 23:1; Matthew 28:20; John 10:10; Ephesians 1:7-8)
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