“The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” ~Psalm 23:1-3
Yesterday, our Pastor spoke on the verses above. While immediately these verses conjure up thoughts of funerals, times of grief and death, this message could not be any further from this affiliation.
Our Pastor talked about the relationship between sheep and their Shepard; the relationship between humanity and God. One thing that really struck me about this message was the importance of recognizing why the sheep, as a symbol, are so vital to this passage. Sheep are the world’s most defenseless animal. They are the only known animal to freeze when in danger. Instead of running or inflicting some kind of defense mechanism, they stand still as peril engulfs them. Similarly, we are helpless without God. His guidance, protection, and care are our sole means to survival. As independent as we are taught to be, our goal should actually be dependence on God.
Instead of trying to figure it out all on my own, I need to place my trust—completely—in Him.
“I lack nothing”. God is my provider, He meets my every need. Just as a Shepard leads it’s flock to green pastures, to water; so God leads us and weathers the storm right alongside us. He constantly–consistently–looks after my needs; I lack nothing for He is my Good Shepard.