"The Lord is my shepherd." My shepherd...your shepherd. David did not write "our" shepherd; no, he wrote in deeply personal words. "My" shows relationship and trust. Sheep trust, so they follow their shepherd. When we believe, we become Jesus' sheep, and in trust we follow our Shepherd. Why? Who is our Shepherd, anyway? Can we trust Him with our lives? Is He worth following?
To have trust, we must be able to believe that the one we trust has the power to care for and guide us. Take a moment and think about who Jesus is, back in time before He became the Son of Man--back to, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made." John 1:1-3 NIV
Stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon viewing its grandeur as it surrounds you with breathtaking colors, formations, and depths defying imagination; stand at the foot of the majestic Rockies rising high into the sky, their snow-capped peaks reaching to declare the glory of God; then stand beneath a cloudless, midnight's sky, studying the stars and galaxies, brilliantly shining forth light and shouting out the power of their Creator. Think of the One who spoke, and ALL became!
Indescribable power, indescribable love...this is your Shepherd, who so desired your safety and well-being that He gave up heaven to become a man to save you...to save me. Is He powerful enough to be trusted and fulfill what He says will come to Pass? Definitely! Is He, therefore, not only a good shepherd, but the only shepherd worth following? Absoulutely! JESUS IS WORTH EVERYTHING!
Verses: "For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through Him and for Him." Colossians 1:16 ESV
"By the Word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; He puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him! For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm." Psalm 33:6-9 ESV
"...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is LORD and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9 ESV
PRAYER: Thank you, Father, that You sent Your Son Jesus to be my shepherd and that when I accepted Him as my Savior, I was and will always remain saved. Jesus, if I ever begin to doubt this, remind me of Your creation and the power of Your words. Your words are reality, and You powerfully complete all You say. Thank You, Jesus, for being a promise keeper and my perfect, loving Shepherd!
Next Week: More on our shepherd.
Disclaimer: I am just an ordinary woman who loves Jesus, accepting Him as Savior at the age of thirty-two and digging into the Bible ever since. How could I possibly hope to develop a heart relationship with God and trust Him with my life if I didn't know who He is?
These devotionals are written to help you journey with Christ and grow in your heart relationship with Him. However, it is essential that you examine my words, and those of all other 'teachers," with God's Holy Word. Therein lies the source of all truth!
Candice Mary Thomas writes about loving God and loving people! Coming to Christ at age 32 and now in her 70's, Candice knows what a difference it makes living with or without Christ as one's personal Savior.