The Lord Our Shepherd Part – 1

Psalms 23:1 —– The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Did you ever hear a child proudly proclaim, “That’s my daddy”? That child probably really put some emphasis on the word “my.” Children have a way of saying it that leaves no doubt they believe their daddy is bigger, smarter and stronger than anyone else’s dad.

I believe that’s the way David expressed himself in Psalm 23 when he said, “The Lord is MY Shepherd….”I think he was proclaiming his personal connection with God. Certainly David knew that he was talking about the God of Heaven and Earth, the Ruler of the Universe, the Almighty and Omnipotent One; but at that very moment, I believe he was simply thinking – He’s mine. It was personal.

As children of God, we have the privilege of looking at it the way David did: The Lord is MY Shepherd. Just meditate on that for a moment. He is God of all, but He is also my God…and your God. He loves you. He has a plan for your life. He knows every single thing about you. The Lord is your Shepherd. He is moving in your life right now.

This is very personal. But many times, we miss what God is doing just because we aren’t aware of His presence and His guidance

You are always under His care and protection. Because the Lord is YOUR Shepherd! And He is a good Shepherd!  A good shepherd is to his sheep like a good father is to his child.

The enemy will attack the father-child relationship any way he can. He wants us to not trust God. However, every single one of us has a good heavenly Father who loves and cares deeply for us. And when a child has a good relationship with his father, he is proud to say, “That’s my dad!” Just like David, you and I can also say, “The Lord is MY Shepherd!”

Isaiah 40:11 —– He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.

Sheep are basically helpless creatures who cannot survive long without a shepherd, upon whose care they are totally dependent. Likewise, like sheep, we are totally dependent upon the Lord to shepherd, protect, and care for us.

When trials and tribulations mess with us, our mind is a whirlpool of negative thoughts. And the devil plays around with our mind and causes it to constantly focus on these negative aspects of our life.

When a leech sticks to the body it continually sucks blood. Similarly when a person thinks of the negative aspects and does not control their thoughts, those thoughts stick on in their mind and suck the joy and peace out of their life. When this takes place that portion of the mind is not under our control anymore. Once the mind is attacked by small thoughts it opens the mind for larger attacks from Satan and depressions sets in.

Every one of us has experienced this kind of attack in our mind. If we, do not take quick action this attack will torture us. The Word of God has the power to shut down and destroy suck attacks because the Word of is active and alive.

When I would think about the wrong I had done in my life, I nearly lost my mind and could not recognise my family. All I could hear were voices not of the Good Shepherd but of the stranger. My wife would repeatedly play Hymns on a cassette player.  She would rewind and play the same side over and over again. These songs were played so many times and without me noticing all the lyrics were now stuck in my mind and when the music would start I would know the words that were about to play. Without my knowledge I would listen and cry because my mind was beginning to get unleashed from the torture of Satan.
 
May we be consumed with the Creator of all things rather than with things created.

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