Ps.23:1 – The LORD is my shepherd,
I will not be in need.
This is the greatest of David’s Psalms. It is a walk with David the shepherd as he walked with our chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. This Psalm follows the Psalm that Jesus quoted as He died for us at Calvary. His haunting words, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me”. Psalm 22 is a look at crucifixion through the eyes of our Lord. We can’t read it without remembering what Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd, the Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep”. It is because of Calvary that we can enjoy the green pastures and lie down by the waters of rest. It is because of the cross that our head is anointed with oil, our cup runs over, and we dwell in God’s house forever. Here is how Spurgeon describes this Psalm.
“This is the pearl of psalms whose soft and pure radiance delights every eye…..Of this delightful song it may be affirmed that its piety and its poetry are equal, its sweetness and its spirituality are unsurpassed. The position of this psalm is worthy of notice. It follows the twenty-second, which is peculiarly the Psalm of the Cross. There are no green pastures, no still waters on the other side of the twenty-second psalm. It is only after we have read, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” that we come to “The Lord is my Shepherd.” We must by experience know the value of blood-shedding, and see the sword awakened against the Shepherd, before we shall be able truly to know the Sweetness of the good Shepherd’s care…..Note the last words of the psalm—“I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever;” these are celestial notes, more fitted for the eternal mansions than for these dwelling places below the clouds. Oh that we may enter into the spirit of the psalm as we read it, and then we shall experience the days of heaven upon the earth!”
For three thousand years this psalm has brought courage and hope to those walking in the shadow of death. David had been there but he never went alone; the Shepherd was always with him. You may be walking through the shadow today. Don’t be afraid. The Good Shepherd is walking with you to the glorious day on the other side.