psa 23v01 The Lord Is My Shepherd
"THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD" Psalm 23:1
One of the most beautiful and most frequently used pictures of Christ in the Scriptures is that of a shepherd. A shepherd is one who tends sheep. He serves sheep. He knows his sheep. He leads them, feeds them, protects them, and nurses them. The shepherd leads his sheep out in the morning, tends them through the day, and folds them at night. What could be more blessed than the realization that "THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD"? Our Savior is not a hireling shepherd, who cares not for the sheep. HE IS AN OWNER-SHEPHERD, one who both owns and cares for the sheep.
Throughout the Word of God, Christ is presented to us as a Shepherd. He is JEHOVAH'S SHEPHERD, the One who was smitten by the sword of Divine Justice, so that his sheep might go free and be saved (Zech. 13:7-9). Christ is THE GOOD SHEPHERD, who willingly, voluntarily laid down his life for his sheep (John ). We deserved to die, but Christ took our place. He died in our room and in our stead, as our Substitute. He willingly took our sins upon himself, endured the penalty of the law which should have fallen upon us, and paid all the debt we owed. Christ is THE GREAT SHEPHERD, who rose from the dead in triumph and victory (Heb. ). Christ is THE SHEPHERD AND BISHOP OF OUR SOULS, who saves us and preserves us unto life everlasting (I Pet. ). Christ Jesus is THE SHEPHERD OF THE SHEEP who gathers His little lambs in his arms and carries them in his bosom (Isa. 40:11). Our Lord is THE COVENANT SHEPHERD of his people, under whose care we have peace (Ez. 34:22-25). And Christ is THE CHIEF SHEPHERD, who soon shall appear the second time without sin unto salvation (I Pet. 5:4).
What a blessed, delightful picture. Christ is our Shepherd! And WE WHO BELIEVE ARE HIS SHEEP. WE BELONG TO HIM! We are his by covenant agreement (John ), by lawful purchase (I Pet. ), and by our own voluntary consent (Gal. ). Rejoice in this: CHRIST KNOWS US BY INTIMATE, ETERNAL LOVE! Sheep of God, snuggle up in the arms of your Shepherd today, and be at peace.