David January Worship Devotions

David said this, first.

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." ~Psalm 23:1

Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known Psalms in the Bible, yet even though it is often read and said over and over, we’ve become so accustomed to it that we sometimes forget about how profound a poem it really is. Psalm 23 was not written for us nor to us nor for a body of believers, nor to encourage all who read it nor to describe or highlight attributes of God. No. Psalm 23 was written by a man whose heart was expressing adoration to the Lord whom he loved and all that is written therein is a statement of the depth of his feelings and experiences walking with the Lord on his life’s journey. But there is one very important statement David made right up front in this Psalm and without it you will not fully experience the same blessings and outcomes that David told of in his poem…

“The Lord is my shepherd.” Without this one, profound statement, nothing else in Psalm 23 can fully apply to the life you live and the experiences you’ll walk through on your journey. Why? Because David’s Psalm 23 hinges on the fundamental principal that the Lord was his shepherd and his entire life was built around this statement and it is because of this statement that Psalm 23 could even be written. Read it how David meant it – this way:
“The Lord is my shepherd” – I shall not want.
“The Lord is my shepherd” – He makes me lie down in green pastures;
“The Lord is my shepherd” – He leads me beside still waters.
“The Lord is my shepherd” – He restores my soul.
“The Lord is my shepherd” – He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
“The Lord is my shepherd”– Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.
“The Lord is my shepherd” – He is with me.
“The Lord is my shepherd” – His rod and His staff, they comfort me.
“The Lord is my shepherd” – He prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies.
“The Lord is my shepherd”– He anoints my head with oil.
“The Lord is my shepherd” – My cup runs over.
“The Lord is my shepherd”– Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
“The Lord is my shepherd” – I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

“God doesn’t make Himself your shepherd. You must invite Him to shepherd you and then allow Him to operate freely within that role.”

[Up next: Watch “When the Lord is Your Shepherd”]

When the Lord is your shepherd, you invite Him to not only lead you and quiet you and restore you, protect and defend you, provide for you and bless you, but to discipline you as needed, to withdraw you from harm, to fence you in for your protection, to convict and admonish and advise you. The Lord had walked with David through all of the ups and downs of life, through all the bad decisions and times of celebration, consequences, questions and triumphs because David had invited the Lord to be his shepherd. God doesn’t make Himself your shepherd. You must invite Him to shepherd you and then allow Him to operate freely within that role. “The Lord is my shepherd,” David said, and everything else went into effect from there.

Thought for today

Psalm 23 is a beautiful expression of love – after the fact. David didn’t write Psalm 23 in faith and then watch all of these marvelous things unfold in his life. No! He wrote about his experiences in life based upon the life-changing decision he made: The Lord is my shepherd. As you know, David spent many years as a shepherd, so he fully understood what his life would look like – in both good times and bad – with the Lord as his shepherd. David knew how a shepherd would handle sheep. He trusted the Lord and made the intentional, deliberate choice to invite the Lord to shepherd him. Was it always easy? No! David made many mistakes. He walked “through the valley of the shadow of death”. He had enemies all around at times. Making the Lord your shepherd isn’t a one-time invitation. When you’ve messed up, invite the Lord to shepherd you. In the moments of your struggle, invite the Lord to shepherd you. When you don’t know which way to go, or which choice to make, invite the Lord to shepherd you. “The Lord is my shepherd,” David wrote. “I shall lack no good thing.” When the Lord is your shepherd, Psalm 23 is yours too.

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