|Read: Psalm 23: 1-6|
|Psalm 23: 1 (NLT): “The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.”|
|1. David’s declaration was that the LORD was his shepherd. David humbly equated himself as a sheep and God as his shepherd.
2. This Psalm begins like a poem; but after he mentions walking through the valley of death (v4), the Psalm is prayer. David addressed God directly, “You are close to me, Your rod, Your staff, You prepare, You welcome, and Your goodness.”
3. David did not say the LORD was his partner, CEO, or co-worker. David called God his shepherd, because of his familiarity and their close relationship.
|A few weeks ago, I was able to visit with my birth dad, brother, and sister. The last time I met with my birth dad, was about fifty years ago. Met with my sister and brother for the first time as adults too. We had a great and very meaningful visit. Regretfully, due to the distance, we are unable to visit as much as we would like. Fortunately, we are all friends through Facebook, lessening the distance of time as well as our new found bond.
My birth dad shared how difficult it was for him to give my brother and me up for adoption. He believed the best way to be a loving dad, was to insure that we only have one man, one dad, raising us. His love for us was so great, that he forfeited us calling him “dad”. As a dad now, I can only imagine how difficult that sacrificial life changing decision had to have been.
Like our earthly and birth dads, what we call our Heavenly Father, reflects the type relationship we have with them. I might be able to tell you every detail of a famous person, but it doesn’t mean I know him. If I were to say, “The LORD is my Commander”. That would make me His solder who follows orders. If I were to say, “The LORD is my Partner”, then I would be agreeing with Satan in Gen. 3:4, thinking myself as God’s equal.
All I need to know is that I love Him, He is mine, I am His, and I am hopeless without Him at the center of my life. I get to call Him my Father, my Savior, and my Shepard because I know Him personally.
|Loving Father. Thank You for my birth dad as well as the dad who raised me. I love them both. Please bless him, my brothers, and sisters. In your name I pray, Amen.|
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