Discovering the Shepherd
Summary: Psalm 23 is a familiar piece of Scripture filled with beautiful descriptions of a kind Shepherd caring for His needy sheep. Delving deep into the original text, there are unfathomable mines to be plumbed; priceless gems to be discovered that open our view to a beautiful and precious Christ.
The one and only Lord is my personal Shepherd who tends, feeds and associates with me. I can expect every provision He has promised, both physically and spiritually. He will even provide me with the weaponry needed to overcome the enemy in my spiritual warfare. He brings peace to my soul so that I might willingly lie in a state of peace and rest where He refreshes me by His love, grace and wisdom. He repairs the damage sin has inflicted on my soul and continues to lead me down that narrow path that leads to eternal rest.
And when life becomes difficult--the unavoidable trials pressing hard, I am reminded that I am but in the shadow of death, and not death itself. My enemy will not triumph over me for the Shepherd has already claimed me for His own. He will always be near, fighting and praying for me. And when I stray from the path, my Shepherd will use His rod to correct me, and His staff to guide me.
My Shepherd also provides me with a feast even though I still remain on this earth, my enemies all around. The very table on which this feast is prepared is an altar and the bread He serves is Himself. He showers me with the gift of His Holy Spirit. Indeed blessings abound! The benefits of being His purchased sheep will last all my life long, until it reaches the ultimate culmination. Yes, I shall reach heaven's blessed shores where I shall remain forever with my blessed High Priest, my Precious Lord and Savior, my beloved Shepherd.
Personal Thoughts: It has been most refreshing to read this book on Psalm 23. Immediately after I started, I knew the book deserved to be read slowly, methodically and prayerfully. The author does a good job of reminding the reader of this fact and breaks up the book into very manageable bite size pieces, complete with points of meditation and prayer.
I really appreciated that the author did not write a personal opinion on the text. Rather, returning to the original text, incredible care was taken to flush out the proper meanings of each word, bringing startling new discoveries and revelations of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Yes! Christ is revealed in this Psalm! The New Testament references coincide beautifully with this Old Testament psalm, proving once again the oneness of Scripture.