The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalms 23:1 NKJV)
The Lord is my shepherd. Shepherd means to herd, guard and protect according to the American Heritage Dictionary. That means the Lord is active in His role with mankind – herding, guarding and protecting. I truly believe that we have an active role to follow as well. Just as sheep try to follow their shepherd, or they will go astray, we choose Jesus as our shepherd.
Look at His nature in the next verses.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. (Psalms 23:2, 3 NKJV)
God is good. He created us in His image and intended good things for us. But, it is all for His name’s sake. We must keep Him at the center of our existence – we exist because of Him and for Him.
He is the single most important reason that we shall not fear, come what may. I have seen in my own life, He can be our greatest source of strength in our greatest time of need.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. (Psalms 23:4-6 NKJV)