Most of us know this Psalm by heart. We have seen it, we have read it, and we have heard songs about this Psalm. Written by David, I believe, he never imagined it would become a poem of comfort to thousands of people through the ages. If you think about it, David who grew up taking care of sheep, wrote a poem about God’s love for him with words and pictures familiar to him: sheep, meadows, staff, etc. He had led sheep to green meadows, he had taken care of them in the darkest valleys, he had defended them from beasts who would devour them, and he had lovingly healed and cared for them. David must have thought, this is exactly how God takes care of me. And now, we get to share with David the realization of that love.
In the very first verse, I like how the New Living Translation says it… “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” When was the last time you felt you had ALL that you needed? Can I say today without a doubt I have all that I need? Honestly, I’m not sure… There are a few things I might want to change. There are a few things that I think I need. The sheep put their trust in the shepherd. Can I be a sheep when it comes to my relationship with God? Can I put my total trust in him and give up my need to be “in charge”? hmmm… questions to ponder…
However, today I will say… “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need!” will you join with me?
So What Activity OR Discussion Questions: If David had been a gardener… maybe he would have written about how the soil and the plants thrived under the gardener’s touch… reflect on what would speak to you… maybe not sheep, nor flowers… but what brings it home for you to know God is there for you always?
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