Our Shepherd

Today's Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

Lessons From a Shepherd: Providing for the Sheep

July 22, 2017

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1

We’ve all been in situations, perhaps as a parent, where we say, “I don’t have time to explain the details, but trust me—I’ve got it covered. Everything will work out.” And sure enough, it does. It’s nice to know the details, but even if we don’t we can have faith that things will work out.

Recommended Reading: Ezekiel 34:1-6

Irresponsible Shepherds

34 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. 4 The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. 5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. 6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.

Psalm 23 is like that. It could consist of one verse if that’s all David had chosen to write: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (verse 1). That’s really all we need to know about God as our divine Shepherd: We shall not want. Or, as the New Living Translation puts it, “The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” Sheep are entirely dependent on their shepherd for guidance, protection, food, and rest—which happen to be the things we need as well. In the rest of Psalm 23, David enumerates how God provides for him and, by extension, for us. If we have a need, we should go to God our Shepherd who has promised to provide all we need.

It’s a challenge to separate our wants from our needs. The longer we live with God our Shepherd, the more we will understand our needs from His divine perspective. And the more we will commit our needs to Him.

He who has the Holy Spirit in his heart and the Scripture in his hands has all he needs.
Alexander MacLaren