PSALM 23 – VERSE 1
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
Psalm 23 begins on a very high note. The point of primacy. The point that makes all things hold. The point that makes all things breath.
The Lord God. The Almighty one. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He reigns over all. We are not our own masters. We cannot invent some sort of happiness for ourselves outside God. Apart from God, we are nothing.
But hear this out, God isn’t just God, but it goes on to say, the “The Lord is my.”
Our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter has gotten to a point where everything is hers. Mammy has bought it, but its hers. Daddy has bought it, but its hers. But the best part of all these is not about the toys she lays claims as hers – though technically they are, but the joyous truth of seeing her also lay the same claim on her daddy.
She woke up today, found out that he left early for work and she asked me, “Mommy, where is my daddy?” How sweet it was to hear her say those words. I had to confirm again if she was keen on what she was saying, so I asked her again.
“What did you say baby girl?”
“Where is my daddy?”
I went ahead to explain that he had left for work early to go work and bring her more toys. Of course that was satisfactory to her ears.
The words “my” show possession. It’s something belonging to or associated with the speaker.
If it is mine, then no one and nothing can put another claim to it that it’s not mine.
Isn’t it beautiful how the Lord, not only isn’t a Lord, but my Lord. He belongs to me. We need to have a personal relationship with Christ if our marriages have to stand. It’s in that intimacy that our provisions are met and hearts refilled.
Our marriage cannot exist devoid of God. It is an asinine fatuity to think that we can control our marriage without the hand of Christ leading us.
He is not only a Shepherd, but our shepherd.
You see, for a shepherd to be one, then animals must exist. In this case, the sheep.
In this verse, the analogy of sheep is used to describe us and our very nature. How diabolical we are. We wonder and stray off. Our human natures call out to ourselves. We seek happiness away from God. We make our relationships, spouses and marriages a substitute of God. In pursuit of other things away from the righteous guide of our Shepherd, we fail.
We are led by the lust of our eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.
Why wouldn’t a marriage struggle anyway? Our own self- remedies turn into demons that eventually consume us.
We cannot be away from our Shepherd. You and I need His gentle yet firm grip everywhere, more so in our marriages.
There is no peace away from our Shepherd, because there is no such thing away from him.
Christ, lay own His own life to be our Shepherd. The bible in John 10:15, 17–18 says that Christ laid down HIS OWN LIFE in HIS OWN ACCORD. That is the Good shepherd. He is not a hired hand – John 10:12.
If indeed you have a personal relationship with Christ, infused in with Christ, walking with the Shepherd in your marriage, then you will listen to Him. No matter how loud the voices of the world yell, His whisper will be a clear guide.
Not only are you in close proximity to him, but have a sense of togetherness, intimacy that calls deep unto the deep. We lack nothing!
When the world says that you cannot be faithful to your wife, the word says that “Rejoice in the wife of your youth” Proverbs 5:18.
She might not be young always, but she will remain as that girl you fell in love with.
When the world says that you ought not to submit to your husband, answer back when we feel irritated, our Shepherd whispers us that “we should adorn ourselves with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3–4
When the world says that marriage is just but a contract, the Shepherd whispers of its profound mystery. One that showcases His unending sacrificial love to us. He calls it a beautiful for all good and perfect gifts come from Him – James 1:17 – and calls us to love as He does.
Are you in a personal relationship with God? Does He guide your marriage? Is he your counsel? If you are not, I invite you to begin this journey of salvation. It is out without its hurdles, battles and griefs and frightening sprees, but He is our EVER present HELP in time of need. He is my shepherd, is he yours?
I thank you for being my shepherd. Thank you for never leaving nor forsaking me more so in this journey of marriage. Lord, you are the author of marriages, you sustain them and you perfect them. I pray that you will be us. Help me incline my ears to your words, lead my steps in your precepts. Be my Shepherd and my Lord.
This I pray in Jesus name,