Of the chapters in the Psalter, Psalm 23 is perhaps the most well-known and recited. Like the five previous Psalms we have examined, so much can be said about Psalm 23. First, notice how David describes the work of the Lord.
- The Lord shepherds him (v.1)
- The Lord sustains and protects him (vv.2-3)
- The Lord is with him (v.4)
- The Lord prepares a table for him and anoints him (v.5)
Does this remind you of anyone, brothers and sisters? Hear the words of Jesus in John 10:9-11;14-15:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
Brothers and sisters, Jesus is the good shepherd! Considering yesterday was Good Friday, let us remember and contemplate Jesus’ words in John 10:15, “just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.” Brothers and sisters, the perfect and eternal Son of God wrapped himself in human flesh to come and lay down his own life for his own. He displayed his love for you by his willingness to go to the cross on your behalf. Not only do we now have life, but we have life abundantly!
Like David, let us strive to dwell in the house of the Lord, for being with God and his church for eternity is the most joyous life.
Thank you guilding us and loving us,
Thank you for being our good shepherd,
Thank you for going to the cross on our behalf,