The Lord as our Shepherd

The Lord as our Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.He makes me lie down in green pastures.” Psalm 23
Hey all!  You may have noticed that there wasn’t a new post last week.  My life has been quite busy this last week.  I spent a few days working at a Christian adventure camp, then I flew down to Florida for a few days to visit my sister, and as soon as I returned home it was off to my church’s family camp.  So to make my life easier, I decided to take a short break from writing.  This week I’m finally able to slow down again and get back into a routine.  That being said, that is why there was no post last week.  I’m now ready and excited to get back into my writing after this little break.
As I was thinking about what to post for this week I decided that I would like to share with you something that’s God’s been putting on my heart this week.  At my church’s family camp the theme was “The Lord is our Shepherd.”  And you know what is kinda is ironic about the theme being about Jesus as our shepherd; In these last few weeks, God’s really been putting it on my heart to dwell on what it means to follow Jesus as my shepherd.  A few weeks ago I went backpacking to a beautiful meadow in the mountains and I randomly opened my bible up to Psalm 23.  Reading psalms 23 while taking in the views of a lush green meadow impacted my heart in such an amazing way.  Ever since that experience I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the Lord as my shepherd.

Well, while I was at family camp I began meditating even more on Jesus being my shepherd.  During my time at camp, I was also having this overwhelming feeling of just being lost and directionless in my life.  I cried out to God and asked him to teach me what it means to be his sheep.  I wanted him to be my shepherd but I didn’t know how to start. And you know what happened? God comforted my heart and gave me three truths to hold onto as I follow him.
Today I am going to share the truths with you.  These truths are all from the first verse in Psalm 23; The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.”

1. We want for nothing

The first thing God spoke to my heart is the truth that when He is our shepherd, we shall not want for anything.  We have all we need in Jesus.
I had to humbly admit to God that I had been going through my life wanting what others have.  I’ve been watching others get things that I desperately want in my life.  Instead of being happy for them, all my heart has been saying was – “What about me, God!?”  So when I read the words “shall not want” it hit deep in my heart.  I had no right to cry out to God about the things he wasn’t given me because He as my shepherd, has already given me everything I need.
But now, LORD, you are our father. We are the clay, and you are our potter. All of us are the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
Jesus is a good shepherd and He gives us everything that we need.  God does not withhold good things from his children and whenever God tells us to wait it is because His timing is going to be better. Whatever your situation, you can rest in knowing that you have all you need when Jesus is your shepherd.

2. He leads us gently

Secondly, this verse reminded me that as my Shepherd, Jesus is gently guiding me down the right path.  Sometimes I don’t understand why the path He has me on has so much unwanted pain and waiting, but I know that everything God leads me to is a part of his plan.
A shepherd guides their sheep gently and protects them on the journey.  When we follow Jesus as our shepherd we can rest in knowing that He won’t leave us lost in the dark.  He will gently guide us on the path the leads us closer to Him.
The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 137: 23-24

3. He brings us to still waters

Lastly, when the Lord is our shepherd, He will bring us to still waters.  Recently I have been feeling like I’m in the dark.  I’m on a path that is still full of a lot of unknowns.  But knowing that the Lord is leading me to green pastures and still waters gives my heart peace.
Here’s a truth for you to hold onto; if you ever find yourself in the valley of death, God promises to never leave you there.  Jesus as our shepherd is always leading us to the still waters.  Walking through our valleys of death is a necessary part of our journey but never the final destination.  Blessings and rest are always on the other side when the Lord is the one leading us.

I hope and pray that these three truths about the Lord being our shepherd can encourage your heart today. I also want to encourage you to spend some time meditating on what it means to be a sheep following the Good Shepherd.  Ask Jesus what it looks like to follow Him each day and then rejoice in the love that the Shepherd has for you.  If you are His, then the shepherd loves you with an everlasting love and He will never let you out of His sight.  The Shepherd’s loving care is yours to hold onto forever.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28