Put your hand in the air if you have memorized Psalm 23 at some stage in your life.
Go ahead, do it, put your hand up…unless you are in sitting in a public place then you are excused!
Ok, now you can put your hand down.
Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and often-quoted Psalms in the Bible. And for a good reason, Psalm 23 is a Psalm of comfort and consolation.
King David, the author of this Psalm, had been hunted by King Saul, he was forced to live in the wilderness and King David knew first-hand the important role that a shepherd played in looking after their sheep as sheep are completely dependent on their shepherd to provide, guide and protect them.
Psalm 23 is a great reminder for us that God, the Creator of all things, the Giver of life, the one who rules the universe, is our good shepherd and we are His sheep. God takes notice of us. He meets ALL our needs!
Nothing escapes His attention. God knows what we need before we even ask for it. God knows the “green pastures” and “quiet waters” that will restore us as we follow him, and God will lead us to those places.
At different stages of our lives, we all face difficult and challenging times. Yet as we journey through these situations, God, our great and good shepherd is with us guiding and comforting us through whatever it is that we are facing.
King David knew God intimately and God provided for him in the difficult situations that he faced.
My prayer, is that as you read this reflection you will be able to recall times in your life when God has provided for you and I would like to encourage you to share those times with those in your small group, someone you sit with at church, a believer you know well, or even share it with me!
God is our Good Shepherd, HE cares for US and it is good to encourage each other in our faith by sharing what God is and has been doing in our lives!