We all follow someone. Who are you following? Don’t know? Then you’d better find out! It makes a difference in where you end up…
The 23rd Psalm begins, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.” What can we learn from this verse?
- The LORD is a shepherd. Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd in John 10:11 and 14. The writer of Hebrews called Jesus, “that Great Shepherd of the sheep,” in 13:20.
- The LORD is MY shepherd. We must acknowledge Him as our Shepherd, which requires commitment, dependence, and a forsaking of all other “shepherds.”
- We will not want. This phrase carries two meanings:
- Our needs will be met.
- We will be satisfied with what we have.
If we were real sheep, we would do well to keep the Good Shepherd in sight. Sheep have a tendency to wander off: this bunch of grass looks good; that branch of berries is tasty; that brook looks satisfying, etc. We must learn to keep Jesus “in sight” at all times.
Since we are not real sheep, we cannot literally see Jesus and where He is going, so we must rely on the Spirit within to guide us. “And you will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'” Isaiah 30:21. Here is a verse from today’s chapter that tells us of what will hinder our ability to hear, perceive, and obey His voice:
1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Did you notice the phrase “whoever is led astray”? Here again, who is your shepherd? What is enticing you to wander off? Better yet, WHO is enticing you? We know that our “enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8. His roaring is designed to make us run away from where the Shepherd is, thus making ourselves vulnerable to his fellow hunters’ attack. This technique is used by lions to scare prey into the jaws of the female lions who creep around to the other side of the herd and wait for them to run away from the males’ roars. Peter says in verse 9, “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
There is another benefit in staying close to the Shepherd, obeying His commands, following His leadership, and enjoying His presence. We are considered BLAMELESS. Jesus’ brother, Jude, said this :
24 Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]—AMP
I LOVE this version! The reason we are blameless is because we are under the umbrella of our Shepherd’s protection and authority. He takes full responsibility for our actions. If someone were to accuse us (like the accuser, Satan), then Jesus would take responsibility for us so that we cannot be blamed for anything. This reason alone is worth following Him!
Here is one more reason from today’s chapter to follow the Good Shepherd:
7 The righteous lead blameless lives;
blessed are their children after them.
We bless others when we are righteous and blameless. Want to be a blessing to your family? to those around you? Then be a faithful follower of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
NOTE: How did I find all of these verses I used today? I remembered them, but I didn’t know the exact location, so I used GOOGLE. Bible Gateway is another good website. But, how did I remember them?
- First of all, I read them in the Bible! READ, READ, READ, people!
- The Holy Spirit reminded me of them. Jesus said He would (John 14:26).
- I took the time to look them up.
- The more I use them (in quotes, in speech, in memorization) the better I remember them. I urge you to do the same.
Abba, I pray for all who read my blog today. May they decide today to follow You, listen to Your voice, and be obedient to Your commands. Me, too! You are my Good Shepherd and I am Your sheep. In You, I am righteous, blameless, and holy. Thank You! May I enjoy Your presence today as I keep my eyes on You. Amen.