The Shepherd God
Psalm 23:1-6
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.…

But let us notice the result in us.

1. First, there is the banishment of want. David says, "I shall not want."

2. The Good Shepherd banishes fear. David says, "I will fear no evil." Perhaps there is no blessing so great for the happiness of the soul as the driving away of fear, which God does for those who give their hearts to Him. He rescues us from the fear of punishment. He takes away the fear of the judgment. The man who has received a pardon from the President of the United States has no longer any fear of punishment for his crime. What a blessed relief that is! God takes from us also the fear of death. How many have been held slaves to the fear of death. Many people are so afraid of death that they will not attend a funeral service.

3. Finally, what a beautiful and glorious hope the shepherd God holds out to us of the future life, toward which He is willing to lead us through all our life's journey. "I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Our Good Shepherd said to His friends just before He went away, "In My Father's house there are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you."

(L. A. Banks, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: {A Psalm of David.} The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

WEB: Yahweh is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.

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