Well, did you all do it? Did you take each word in the phrase, “The Lord is my Shepherd”, and emphasize it? It’s amazing what you see, isn’t it?
Let’s look at the next word, “my”.
The Lord is MY Shepherd.
What does that say to you? What do you see or feel?
“My”….belongs to me…
It kind of shows a connotation of affection, too, doesn’t it?
Now look at the word Shepherd.
The Lord is my SHEPHERD.
A shepherd guards his sheep against the wolf. We know the wolf (Satan) wants to destroy. He will get hold of us sometimes and reek havoc. It is because we walk away from the shepherd and make our self vulnerable. But when we call on our shepherd, He hears and will seek us out and carry us to safety. Much like a shepherd in the field may hear the bleating of a wayward lamb who fell down a precipice. The shepherd will go seek it out and bring it back to the fold.
They say sheep are not real smart and seem to get into trouble. Boy! That sounds like us humans, too, doesn’t it? Sheep need a shepherd and so do we.
You know, a true shepherd may even lay down his life for the sheep. Our shepherd did just that for us. Even while we were wayward and disobedient, He laid down his life so that we could go to heaven someday. His is unconditional love. We can’t be good enough to get to heaven on our merit. Because God requires absolute perfection. But Jesus was and is perfect. God accepted His sacrifice for the sheep. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD.