“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1, Nasb
Life is a journey… Even more, I believe the Christian life is a journey. As we travel from the point of salvation toward the day we’re in Christ’s presence, we encounter various terrains.
Whether our path is smooth and uncluttered or complicated and treacherous, we need a Shepherd. (Click to tweet)
David, the beloved psalmist, realized this truth even before he ascended the throne. Amidst the perils he suffered from King Saul’s pursuit, David penned Psalm 23’s precious words. He began with Yahweh-Rohi, the Lord our Shepherd.
I find this name of God, this aspect of God’s character, particularly comforting. We’re not alone—not ever. He remains by our side, gently showing us the way as we traverse life’s journey. He speaks to us through His Word and listens to our prayers. He cares for us with utmost wisdom and love. He knows the answer when we’re confused.
Because “the LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.” He knows my needs before I comprehend them, and He provides for every single one. He effortlessly holds every detail of my life in His mighty hands.
Fear and uncertainty can’t claim residence within me when I focus on my Shepherd’s perfection. (Click to tweet)
“Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs, And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.” Isaiah 40:11
This is our God, the One who tends to us, gathering, carrying, and leading us:
- Gather – The LORD brings us together as His people … in His arms, a place of security and safety.
- Carry – God picks us up when we fall, holds us close to His heart, and moves us to the next part of our journey.
- Lead – Our Shepherd knows the way—the highs, the lows, and the in-betweens. Will we follow Him?
Dear one, whatever experience you face on today’s path, may this truth of Yahweh-Rohi enable you to lift your head a little higher, step forward more confidently, and look ahead with God’s perspective. He’s got this. He’s got you.
Let’s rest in our Shepherd’s arms and listen to His heart so we can follow His lead. (Click to tweet)