“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” vs. 1
It’s doubtful that the psalmist thought of himself as a sheep. But there’s no doubt that he thought of the Lord as his shepherd! He’d had plenty of opportunity to watch shepherds out in the fields with their flocks. Since there were no fences, and sheep can’t care for themselves, each flock needed constant care. The shepherd went out with them from the fold in the morning, stayed with them all day, saw that they got food, water, and rest, and then returned with them in the evening to the pen. In the course of the day he would protect them from predators and round up the ones who wandered off. It was a full time job! And that’s what the Lord did for the psalmist–and that’s what the Lord does for us. Some may feel as though they’re independent and don’t need any care, but that’s a pretty narrow view of existence. If we’re honest we will quickly realize that we need the constant presence of God in our lives. God is with us in our going out and in our coming home, and every point in between. All that we have comes from God–good food, water, clothing, work, family–and we are given 24/7 protection whether we think we need it or not. And God certainly is with us in our wandering–believe it or not, we can never be lost! No matter how messed up we might get!
Thought for the Day: When am I most conscious of God’s presence?