The Lord Our Shepherd
Chaplain Janet Alexander
Walker Baptist Medical Center
“The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.” Psalms 23:1
Although the Twenty-third Psalm has been familiar to me since my youth, I have come to realize that within its simplicity, there are depths of meaning so profound, one can use the first line alone to provide a life full of comfort. The Lord God of Heaven and earth, the Almighty Creator of all things, He who holds the universe in His hand as though it were a very little thing, He is your Shepherd, and has charged Himself with the care and keeping of you, as a shepherd is charged with the care and keeping of his sheep.
During crisis seasons in our lives, when we are deaf to everything but the shriek of our own pain, this verse brings a reminder that if we look carefully through the fog, we will see Him standing there, smiling—His hand out-stretched, motioning us to follow. During a difficult season in my own life, I wrote the following lyrics, reminding myself, each time I sing it, to trust the leading of this trustworthy Shepherd, who knows the road I take and carefully plans each step for me to follow.
“I don’t understand Your working
Can’t imagine how this could work for my good
And I don’t know where You’re leading me
But You never said that I would.
I can’t even think about tomorrow
Too many issues wait for me
So I’ll turn my eyes toward Heaven
And wait for You on bended knee.
You are Faithful, You are Wonderful
A Guiding Star who is my constant Guide
My Counselor, who walks with me
Sufficient God who hears my earnest cry
You’re El Shaddi.
Shepherd of my soul, it’s Your voice that I follow
In pastures green my heart finds sweet rest
And as You lead beside still waters
I find my weary soul, it’s refreshed
My questions, they’ve all faded in Your glory
Your wisdom I’ll trust to work what’s best
The only issue left to be considered
Is to Your will my answer will be, “Yes!”
You are Immanuel, You are the Prince of Peace
Lamb of God, the Way, the Truth, and the Life
The Lily of my valley
Sufficient God who all my needs provide
You’re El Shaddi.”
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, Thank You for the provision this Psalm promises as we follow and trust You, El Shaddi—our ‘all-sufficient One.’ You are the Good Shepherd who gave Your life for the sheep. We listen for Your voice and gladly follow, for in Your will is our peace. Amen.”