Psalm 23 & 24: My Shepherd
Verse of the Day: (23:1) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
1. Shepherd (23:1-6)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (23:6)
What a great promise from God that He is our Shepherd and we are His sheep! Indeed, God, our Shepherd, shall grant us all the desires of our hearts, as we believe in and follow Him all the days of our lives. He shall make us lie down in green pastures and lead us beside still waters, and feed us both materially and spiritually. He shall be with us in good health and in sickness, and in life and in death. He shall be with us even as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, comforting us that we shall never die, but be asleep, and when we wake up, we shall see His face, and our loved ones. Indeed, though we are born sinners, because of our first parents, Adam and Eve, who disobeyed God and their sins were imputed on us, yet He already has a redemption plan for us, as He offered His only Son to be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world. This is why we are called sheep because we are born docile, and we are only God’s sheep when we believe in Jesus through His precious blood of the everlasting covenant. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
2. Salvation (24:1-5)
He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. (24:5)
David knew that everything he had including his throne and empire were from God, and especially the salvation of his soul as he believed in the prophecy that God shall send His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be the Messiah of the world. He was indeed humbled by God’s amazing grace and everlasting mercy that Jesus would be from his lineage. However, at the later stage of his life, he realised that God’s blessings shall be upon him only when he had clean hands and a pure heart, otherwise he would reap the grave consequences of his sins. Indeed, salvation is only possible in the precious name of Jesus, and obedience is essential for God’s saints to receive His abundant blessings. (Acts 4:12)
3. Seek (24:6-10)
This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. (24:6)
Though God has a redemption plan for mankind, yet many have been blinded by the devil in unbelief, and refuse to seek their Creator and Shepherd. May we be like David and his generation who seek God, the King of glory, and His righteousness, and receive Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and King, and all the things we need and desire shall be granted to us according to His sovereign and perfect plan and purpose. (Matthew 6:33-34)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to seek You, my Shepherd, Saviour and King of glory.