When you say, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” you’ve said a lot. David was one of the first to say it. For him, it meant Jehovah the God of Israel is my Shepherd. When God came in the flesh on this earth, he was referred to as Jesus. Jesus did not hide who he truly was. He stated strongly and clearly, “I am the good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).
The person who says, “The Lord is my Shepherd” in essence is saying, “The Lord is my owner and manager.” I have a special relationship with him. He loves me and I love him. I belong to him because he has bought me with the price of his blood.
God in Christ is deeply concerned about me and my welfare in particular. Sheep do not just take care of themselves. They require great attention and care. Jesus is the one who provides it. As our Shepherd, He is always guiding us and working on our behalf. Aren’t you thankful you have a Shepherd?
Robert G Wilkerson, D.Min., is a minister, Christian author, and public speaker. www.RobertWilkersonandAssociates.com. firstname.lastname@example.org.