Psalm 23 is probably the most well-known psalm. It is so well-known because of its content. It speaks so beautifully of the relationship we have with God. In the words of the psalm we hear how fully David trusts in God because he knows God is always there.
In the psalm God is in the role of the shepherd. David, and later Jesus, will come to play the role of shepherd as well. In all of these cases the people are the sheep under the loving shepherd’s care. This care is spelled out so so richly in Psalm 23. Today we are the sheep as well. In this care we find our needs are met. We find times of rest when we refresh our souls. We find both guidance and protection.
Beyond these basics, we also find care that extends to our spiritual and emotional needs. The Good Shepherd prepares for us a table and blesses us with oil. With Him we are assured that goodness and mercy will be with us all of our days. Within this relationship we come to see that we do indeed dwell in the house of the Lord all our days.
When we get to this place in our relationship with the Shepherd, the fears, doubts, and other concerns of life do not have a grip on us. We trust in His care. We rest in His love. When we know our Shepherd is walking with us through all of life, then we begin to live life to the fullest. Not only do we live in and enjoy the abundance of God’s grace and love, but we begin to share Him with others. Our cup overflows into other’s lives. Through sharing how the Shepherd cares for and loves us, we help others to come into His care as well.
Scripture reference: Psalm 23