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Scripture Memory Meditation | Psalm 23:1-4

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The LORD is my shepherd; I have what I need.
He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.
He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff — they comfort me.
Psalm 23:1-4 (CSB)

In the ancient world, kings and rulers were regularly depicted with shepherd imagery. The picture of the shepherd-king was prevalent in the ancient Near East. Thus, when we encounter Yahweh being described as a shepherd, we understand that this was a common designation for deities or rulers.

What is worthy of reflection is not the description of the shepherd, or even of the care and comfort that the shepherd provides, because these benefits are often attributed to ancient Near Eastern deities. The significance of the psalm is that Yahweh is the shepherd — not some other deity or ruler. The benefits and blessings really are not the most significant feature of the psalm. Instead, is the provider of the benefits and blessings that draws our attention. Here, David makes clear that Yahweh is his God and King.

It is probably incorrect to identify Jesus as the shepherd of Psalm 23 because David refers to Yahweh as his Shepherd. But the shepherding imagery is carried forward in the New Testament where Jesus Christ is pictured as the great shepherd – our true and loving King. Where other shepherd-kings in the ancient Near East simply ruled over their subject, Jesus Christ laid down his life for his sheep (and took it up again), uniting us to himself and sharing with us all of his benefits.  

As such, each of us must discern who we designate as our shepherd. In other words, who do we recognize as our God and King? Do we consider medical doctors, physical trainers, financial planners, or political leaders our shepherds? Or do we, with David, confess that God alone is our shepherd?

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