“1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
The role of shepherd is interesting to think of first thing in the morning. Being a shepherd in biblical times was not a flashy job. When speaking of the lowest of the lows, the hardest of the hard jobs, this is it. This job was always given to the youngest or least of the family members. The job was also complicated since you were responsible for protecting every sheep, guiding them to good pastures with plenty of quality grass, and leading them to slow-moving and easily accessible water. Not only that, the sheep are skittish, refuse to drink water that may be too loud or move too fast, run away without even seeming to mean to, and are some of the easiest prey for the average predators in the area. It is easy to understand why this job was not desirable.
You and I are the sheep. The holy God of all things condescends to be our shepherd. Think of this for a moment. This is like the moment the CEO of a chain box store shows up for the midnight merchandising shift and starts working away doing the job of multiple associates. The God who owns everything rules over everything and has already decided the future stoops low enough to allow Himself to be called your shepherd. Wow. How much power would this shepherd have to protect you? How much knowledge would He have to bring you to green pastures? How much wisdom would He have to ensure He took you to waters you could drink from in your finiteness and inability? What could you possibly worry about today? Do you not see who your shepherd is, my dear sheep?
Grace and Peace,