THEME: GOD OUR PROVIDER
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
-King David having been a shepherd before understood the intimate relationship between the sheep and their shepherd. The shepherd always ensures that the sheep are well fed, protected and lacking nothing. He brings out the analogy of God as our Shepherd and Provider. In Isaiah 40:11 we see that; the LORD will feed His flock like a shepherd and gather the lambs with His arm. In John 10:11 and 10:14, Jesus clearly speaks of Himself as the good Shepherd, who gives His life for the sheep and who can say, “I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” Hebrews 13:20 speaks of Jesus as that great Shepherd of the sheep, 1 Peter 2:25 calls Jesus the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls, and 1 Peter 5:4 calls Jesus the Chief Shepherd. These these scriptures and many others, Christ is portrayed as our Shepherd and we His sheep. He takes good care of us and provides for all our present and eternal needs, and assures us of everlasting life by giving His own life for us.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from You LORD, who made the heaven and earth. You will not allow my foot to be moved and will keep me will not slumber. Behold, You who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. You LORD are my keeper and my shade at my right hand. The sun shall not strike me by day, nor the moon by night. You LORD will preserve me from all evil and will preserve my soul. You will preserve my going out and my coming in, from this time forth and even forevermore. Lord You are my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. You make me lie down in green pastures, You lead me beside quiet waters, and refresh my soul. You guide me along the right paths for Your name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and staff, comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in Your house Lord forever, and ever. Amen
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