Titles of God in Psalm 23
JEHOVAH-ROHI The Lord is my shepherd.
Verse 1 "The LORD is my shepherd,I shall not be in want."
This is one of the best known verses in the Bible. It is relevant to all age groups for every stage of their lives. Everything changes around us, but the Shepherd’s care remains unchanging.
David had proved that his Shepherd was a personal, present, possession. Is 53:6 ‘All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ It is our natural desire to want our own way but it will lead to destruction.
John 10:11 says ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’ Peter tells us we are redeemed by Christ who was ‘a lamb without blemish or spot’ 1st Peter 1:19.
When the Lord is our Saviour and Shepherd we have the promise ‘I shall not be in want’. Sheep recognise their shepherd and know he will care for them. Our Great Shepherd will provide for us. ‘Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen’ Hebrews 13:20-21 How wonderful to know The Lord is MY Shepherd!
I have a Shepherd, One I love so well;
How He has blessed me tongue can never tell;
On the cross He suffered, Shed His blood and died,
That I might ever in His love confide.
Following Jesus, ever day by day,
Nothing can harm me, when He leads the way,
Darkness or sunshine, whate’er befall
Jesus, the Shepherd, is my All in All.
Extract from I have a Shepherd by Leonard Weaver