One of the greatest things about praying the word of God is that it opens up revelations that aren’t always seen in just reading it. Today I was praying Psalm 23, which is a very familiar psalm and is quoted quite often, but today the Lord gave it a new cadence which brought about a new revelation.
David begins this psalm with a thesis statement, with an announcement, with a declaration of absolute truth. He says in verse one, the Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. From this thesis statement he begins to release eight supporting points as to why he is making this statement with such certainty. Here are his eight supporting points:
1. He makes me lie down in green pastures.
2. He leads me beside still waters.
3. He restores my soul.
4. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
5. You are with me in the valley of the shadow of death so I fear no evil.
6. Your rod and your staff comfort me.
7. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
8. You have anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Those eight supporting points are all sufficient in meeting needs in everyone of the lives of someone that makes the Lord their shepherd. A shepherd leads them and they willfully follow. David then stamps the whole psalm with this conclusion. “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.“
David said with confidence the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He spoke from his reality. He had chosen to let the Lord be the shepherd of his life, he followed wherever the Lord lead him and what he found is that the Lord took good care of him. Then he wrote it down in a psalm so that all of Israel could follow the same shepherd that he is following and now we get to read it today and hear the same question, would you like to follow this good Shepherd?
These are not just words, these words are an invitation to follow Jesus Christ the son of the living God. Are you willing to be a sheep, so that a good shepherd can lead you? In following you will find, as David did, you will have no lack.