The Lord Is my Shepherd
This Sunday’s teaching was all shades of amazing and Psalm 23 like we know it has never been explained like Pastor Peter Bright Snr explained it. A popular chapter in the book of Psalms which had become just a daily spoken prayer by many Christians was better explained with illustrations. In Psalm 23:1 the chapter started by saying “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” The verse clearly states that God is our shepherd and on earth we usually will have shepherds in form of men as our shepherds or leaders. The verse continued with “I shall not want”- knowing that God will always provide for us no matter the circumstance.
In verse 2 its says “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters”. This illustrates that a humble spirit is required if we must be led by the Lord. We must humble ourselves and trust that He knows what’s best for us. Also we must be humble in our service to him especially in the church. It is essential to be faithful and loyal in our service to God. Walking in the will of God is not easy, but we should trust His leading.
We should also know that just as it is not easy for those who are being led, it is also a herculean task for those who lead (Pastors, Ministers, Leaders). So the journey is not easy for both the shepherd and the sheep (remembering what Jesus Christ had to go through in order to lead us to the Father).
In verse 3, the bible went on to say “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” He strengthens us for the journey ahead. He refreshes us, in the midst of all the trials and tribulations He “reassures” us. This could be through provision, answered prayers, unmerited favors, healing, miracles, God will always give you a refreshing, a reason to trust Him. God also walks us through right living, through holiness because that is who He is. He walks me through “perfect living” to glorify Himself, not for me, but for Himself.
In verse 4 it says “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Even when we are in despair and facing strong oppositions and it seems like our shoulders will break from all the burdens of the world “I will fear no evil, for He is with us” because He leads us, we will not fear the worries of the world. He comforts me in the most unlikely way. He went on to “preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” He raises me up and blesses me in the presence of those who scorned and mocked me. He anoints my head and my blessings overflow.
At the end, He crowns it with “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.” As your blessings over flows, all the good things of life and God’s mercies will be yours as long as you breathe and you will always abide in the presence of the Lord in this life and till we meet with the Lord, hallelujah!