PSALM 23, The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leaders me beside the still waters.
In his most beautiful song of trust David pictures the Lord as the great shepherd who provides for and protects, his sheep and as the gracious host who protects and provides abundanlly for his guests. The figure of a shepherd depicts the Lord as guide, protector, and constant companion, see my brothers the God before whom my Fathers abraham and Isaac walked. The God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, Now the quiet water, intents or ponds where rest and refreshment could be found. Restores through the provison of food and water God’s leading is always in paths which are right in his eyes and which will honor his name his Holy Person. The shepherd protects his sheep with his rod or club used to fight off wild beast, and he guides straying sheep with his staff or crook. As a graciors Host, God provides all that we need anointed a courtesy shown guests at a banquet. David sees himself not merely as a guest for-a-day, but as a recipient of God’s covenant loving kindness forever the house of the Lord is the place where God is. I shall not lack moral direction because, He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. And we need not be afraid of death. In the valley of the shadow of death there is no need to fear, because the shepherd is right there with us. (O death O grave, I do not fear your power, The debt is paid, On Jesus in that dark and dreadful hour. Our sins were laid).
He also anoints our heads with oil, Shepherds anoint the heads of their sheep to soothe the scratches and wounds, for priests the anointing oil speaks of consecration to their work. For king the anointing oil is associated with coronation. Every believer is anointed with the Holy Spirit the moment he receives the Savior. This anointing guarantees him the teaching ministry of God the Spirit. When we think of all the riches of grace which we have in Christ Jesus, we burst forth with the grateful acknowledgment, My cup runs over. His love has no limit, His grace has no measure, His power has no boundary known unto men, For out of his infinlte riches in Jesus He giveth and giveth, and giveth again. Finally there in the secret of a happy eternity. Escorted through all of life by God’s goodness and mercy, we reach the Father’s house at last, our eternal dwelling place. As we think of if all, we have to agree with Guy king when he said, What lucky beggars we are!
The Shedherd’s rod and staff are sources of comfort protection and guidance:
CB Helping Hands Ministries
To God Be Glory
Minister David A. Benjamin