“The Lord My shepherd” came from Psalm 23. It inspired a Chinese worship song by New Creation Worship called 牧者.
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.
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop 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.
12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.Matthew 18:12-14
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.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.