“The Lord My shepherd” came from Psalm 23.
The LORD is my shepherdPsalm 23:1-3
I shall not lack
He makes me to lie down in green pastures
He leads me besides the still waters
He restores my soul
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake
The Lord my Shepherd brings rest
My study bible says that green pastures are literally pastures of tender grass. Can you imagine lying on soft tender grass? How comfortable.
It also says that still waters are literally waters of rest. Can you imagine lying beside waters of rest? Not torrential and noisy but gentle soft guggling. So peaceful and relaxing.
A shepherd leads his flocks to yummy grass and sweet water. In the same way, the LORD leads me to the good ground. A place of plenty and a place that I can rest.
What’s more, he has to make me lie down. It seems that I am not willing to lie down. He got to make me. And when I lie down and rest, my soul is restored.
Ahhh, what a wonderful divine thought!
It reminds me of this Chinese worship song 牧者 by New Creation Church inspired by Psalm 23.
Psalm 23 did not specifically say that Jesus is the Shepherd. This was done by another bible verse, 1 Peter 2:24-25.
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.1 Peter 2:24-25
Apostle Peter wrote that Jesus is the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. We are sheep that have gone astray.
Parable of the Lost sheep
Jesus taught in Matthew 18:12-14 and Luke 15:3-7 on the Parable of the Lost Sheep. How the shepherd leaves the 99 sheep to go and look for the one that wandered off.
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.Matthew 18:12-14
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.Luke 15:3-7
Pastor Prince said that, in reality, no shepherd will risk the 99 to look for one. But God is different. He will go find the lost sheep, He will carry it on his shoulder and brings it home. He will rejoice and celebrate over the lost sheep.
Thank you My Shepherd God, Jesus for bringing rest, restoration and redemption.