This post is Day 10 in a series of studies about “Psalm 23”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Psalm 23 – Day 10
The Israelites had good memories of King David. They must have been encouraged to hear this word that another like him would come. There is much in the life of David that mirrors who Jesus was and what He did. Jesus Himself tells us that He is the Good Shepherd.
I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and He will tend them; He will tend them and be their shepherd.
Many years after Jeremiah’s message that we looked at yesterday, and after David became king, the prophet Ezekiel continues the same theme. God was still frustrated with the priests of Israel and so He made the decision to come Himself to shepherd His flock.
Of course it wasn’t a spontaneous decision! That was always God’s plan. The first indication that there would be a Saviour was at the beginning of the Bible immediately after the first sin (Genesis 3:15), where we read that satan will be crushed. He was crushed at the cross, but one day will be completely banished to the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).
The Israelites had good memories of King David, and must have been encouraged to hear this word from the Lord that another like him would be coming. There is much, but not all, in David’s life story that mirrors who Jesus was and what He did.
Jesus Himself tells us that He is the Good Shepherd, we’ll look at that tomorrow.
God’s word is full of good promises, that we can take for ourselves. Ask Him to speak to you today as you read it.
Praise Him that the whole Bible is one story, telling the history of mankind, and God’s love for ALL people. Thank Him that you are one of those He loves. Ask yourself if that fact makes a difference to the way you live your life today.
Thank Him that He sent His son Jesus as the shepherd that you need, and commit yourself afresh today to following Him wherever He leads you. Pray for those who run your church to be good shepherds of the flock which God has entrusted to them.