Words from the Heart for Sunday January 26th, 2020
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1 (NKJV)
The Lord is my Shepherd
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I grew up in church, and had about ten years of perfect attendance at Sunday School – which made sense because my mother was my Sunday School teacher most of those years. I remember memorizing the 23rd Psalm as a boy and thought the first verse was odd – why wouldn’t I want the Lord as my shepherd? After all, that’s what the first verse says – the Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. It took me some time to realize that what I was thinking was not at all what this verse says. Because the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. That changes everything and it certainly changed my view of not only what King David was saying, and of the Lord Himself. I eventually came to realize that when Jesus became my Shepherd, He took on the role of caring for me. Sheep faithfully trust their Shepherd. He provides all they need to flourish. When Jesus becomes my Shepherd, I can count on Him to do the same. I now see myself as a sheep in His flock. And I see Him as my caring and providing Shepherd. So should you.
These have been words from the heart.