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 Scripture; Psalm 23:1-NKJV

“THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD; I SHALL NOT WANT.”

N/B- I will love to relate these two Scriptures with my basic Scripture:

 Isaiah 40:11; “He will Feed His Flock like Shepherd.

 Philippians 4:19; “And my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 Reflection.

A commentary by explainingthebook.com explains Psalm 23;1 in this context- “We will rest and trust, knowing that he knows what’s best for us. So, we as the Lord’s sheep shall not want. David was convinced of that fact, and he invites us to meditate on that reality – the reality of God’s Pastoral Provisions.”

For those who are knowledgeable about shepherding and sheep, now. You’ll see a shepherd tending to his sheep. The shepherd directs the sheep to the pastures if they are to be fed. The sheep depend on the shepherd to bring them water if they are thirsty. A sick or feverish sheep is helpless to heal himself. The shepherd works to make any problems with the sheep better. Since sheep are unable to effectively defend themselves, the shepherd is the only one who can save them if they are in danger from a predator. That is how a literal shepherd, and his literal sheep interact.

And as members of God’s household, don’t we understand how the Lord compares that to that in a symbolic sense? Unlike actual sheep, we are not. However, the way we relate to the Lord is not unlike the way a sheep relates to his shepherd. We have food, water, clothing, shelter, and defence against enemies thanks to our God. The Lord is our shepherd in all these ways and many more, just like he was David’s.

It is not true that you will never have any desires because you are a sheep of our Lord the shepherd. As you follow the Shepherd, however, you will never be without any good thing that he desires for you. Then, anything we as the Lord’s sheep do lack, we do not have because we do not ask, as James in the New Testament reminds us. Or perhaps the Lord knows we don’t require it.

However, we are already aware that this creates an explicit metaphor in which God is a shepherd tending to a flock of sheep, which is humanity, or at least the community of believers. As we have learned, a shepherd’s duties include leading his sheep to green pastures, guarding them from predators, and making sure that none of them get lost or wander off.

The three Scriptures mentioned above, in my opinion, serve the same function.  God declares that He desires to be our Shepherd (Psalm 23:1), to provide for His flock (Isaiah 40:11), and to meet all of our needs (Philippians 4:19) in the year 2023.

 WHAT MUST WE DO?

1- Become His Sheep

2- Become His flock

3- Depend on Him to supply your needs.

 LESSON.

God wants to be our sole source of dependence. Regarding God’s provision, there should be no backup plan; instead, He should serve as your source. For instance, a plant completely depends on the soil for survival, whereas a fish completely depends on water. The survival of the plant and the fish depends on their ability to stay connected to their food sources; otherwise, they will perish, and that is not what God has planned for you, my friends. To survive, stick with your source.

Finally, friends, you must completely rely on your Shepherd (Jesus) to guide you from now on and throughout this year.  Therefore, in the name of Jesus, you shall not want any good thing. Amen to that.

 Prayer.

DEAR LORD, WE WANT YOU TO ALWAYS BE OUR SHEPHERD THIS YEAR AND BEYOND IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

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 Blessings…………….

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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