“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
We are like sheep,
and we look to the Good Shepherd
to lead us beside still waters,
and guide us along the right paths.
We fear no harm,
because the Good Shepherd is at our side.
Where else should we turn?
Our Lord restores us when we are down,
protects us with his rod and his staff
when we are threatened.
We lack nothing when we trust in the Lord.
We fear nothing,
even when our lives are at a low point
spiritually or physically.
Our eyes are opened by our trust in the Lord;
we are led out of the dark valley of sin
where we did fruitless things in secret.
Like our psalmist King David,
we are anointed with oil by the Lord,
and we make a covenant with Him.
Our trust in the Lord is rewarded.
He sends His Son to save us,
and His Spirit to live within us.
Surely goodness and mercy
will follow us all the days of our life.
“I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
That promise that King David speaks of
in his final days is what Jesus died for.
Jesus reconciles us with the Father,
and when Jesus is raised up,
we too are resurrected.
Having been rescued by our Savior,
and now counted among His obedient sheep,
we are ready to do His will.
We are groomed to enter the Kingdom
and to sit at the table that God sets for us.
If we believe in Him, we too shall dwell
in the house of the Lord forever.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our Psalm speaks of the Lord as our shepherd.
Do you believe you are one of His sheep? What does it mean
to be counted among His flock?
2. Our psalmist says that the Lord anoints his head with oil.
Are you one of the Lord's anointed? Describe how
the Lord is using you as one of His anointed.