Psalm 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
This tells us how blessed we are to have the Lord as our shepherd. David knew all about being a shepherd. When he was a young boy he worked as a shepherd and kept his Father’s sheep. He even fought off a wild bear and a lion by himself to keep his sheep safe. David later was promoted to being the King of Israel which was called being a shepherd over the Lord’s people. So with this in mind it is wonderful that David called the Lord his shepherd. David showed great care in protecting the sheep out in the field. How much more safe are those who are watched over and protected by the Lord of glory!
Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. He knows his own sheep by name, He calls them out and they follow Him. The Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep. The hireling, whose own the sheep are not, runs away at the first sign of trouble. When the wolf comes, the hireling is no more! It is only the Good Shepherd who will stand His ground and protect the sheep.
Knowing that the Lord is our Shepherd gives us more security than anything else we could possibly imagine. The Lord Jesus is not just a shepherd over our bodies, but more importantly he is a shepherd over our soul as well. If we have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ we will hear the voice of the Good Shepherd calling our name and our soul will go to Him who calls us by name and we will be safe with Him in everlasting pastures above. Jesus is a shepherd over us, not just in this world but also in the world to come. Let us then boldly say with a grateful heart, the LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.