Today’s Scripture: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

A Sunday School teacher was having her students recite Psalm 23. A little girl stood up and said, “The Lord is my shepherd, that’s all I want.”

While that precious little girl did not get it correct word-for-word, she didn’t necessarily get it wrong. The Lord is my Shepherd; that is all I should want.

We might miss the meaning and significance of this Psalm for two reasons. The first is that it is so familiar. Isn’t it a shame that the things we know so well, sometimes we appreciate the least or we know the least about? We might miss the meaning because it is too familiar to us. We might miss the meaning because we don’t know what it is like to be a sheep or a shepherd. We don’t have the whole background.

The Lord is my shepherd. This was a shepherd writing about The Shepherd. David the King was originally a shepherd boy, and he spent many days and nights on the hillside with his sheep. For David to say, “The Lord is my shepherd,” is a big deal because the Hebrew word for Lord is “Yahweh”. The great, holy, amazing God can be my Shepherd. That is a personal shepherd.

In Scripture we are referred to as sheep around 200 times. Sheep are susceptible to wandering. Sheep know the voice of the shepherd, and they know their name. Sheep are weak and restless and need a shepherd. Sheep are also a precious possession.

Are you willing to humble yourself like David and call yourself a sheep who needs a Shepherd?

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.