David had a history with God. He had experienced first hand God’s faithfulness, God’s forgiveness, and God’s judgement. David had experienced rejection, disappointment, betrayal. He knew the agony of a deferred dream and the thrill of seeing that dream come to pass. David experienced the highs and lows of life. And as his life was coming to an end, David penned Psalm 23.
This Psalm was not written by someone who is speaking from a standpoint of faith, one who hopes this is what God is like. No, this Psalm was written by someone who had experienced God’s goodness first hand. This Psalm was written by someone who had a history with God.
Despite all David had experienced, at the end of his life,David could declare: The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not lack.
Let me encourage, as you journey through these days of isolation, job loss, and decrease in salary – God is still Jehovah Raah, our Shepherd.
Last night in Bible Study, we made the following observations of how Jehovah Raah responds to us, His children.
He protects His flock (you and I)
He knows your name. You are dear to Him.
He guides you and gently lead you to places of refreshing.
He loves you sacrificially.
He cares for you, even the smallest detail.
He speaks to you. Hear His voice.
He tends to you. He is aware of your needs and supplies them.
He has a soft spot for those who are hurting. He carries you close to His heart.
You are His reward.
He equips you with everything good.
He feeds you.
He is a special friend.
And because He is our Good Shepherd, we shall not lack any good thing.
Some of us may be like David and declare these truths from experience. Some of us need to be reminded this is true. And some of must declare this to be true by faith. Whichever the case, today see God as your Good Shepherd. Allow this description of the Father to ease your angst and eradicate your fear.
Declare this with me: The Lord is my Shepherd, my Friend, my Protector. He cares for me. He knows me by name. He loves me. He speaks to me and I hear His voice. I belong to Him. I will not lack any good thing. As my Good Shepherd, He will joyfully supply my every need. I trust my Good Shepherd. Amen.
If fear tries to grip your heart, if your mind begins to play the “what if” game, if things seem hopeless, remember God is the Good Shepherd. He never leaves you or forsake you. He watches over you all day and all night.
Keep declaring the above until your heart and your mind are in alignment.
“The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough.”
Psalms 23:1 TPT
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