A Great Shepherd
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1
Bible names are very telling about a person’s nature and character. God reveals His names to show us who He is, what He is like, and how He longs to work in our lives. One of the names of God is Jehovah Rohi or “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Rohi is often translated as a companion or friend, implying a very personal and intimate relationship. No wonder David starts Psalm 23 with “The LORD is my shepherd.” He could have said that “the LORD is our shepherd” but he didn’t. What David had was an individual, direct, personal relationship with God.
Another meaning of Rohi is the feeder of flocks. God provides all the spiritual nourishment that you and I need: David went on to say, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters” (23:2).
As a good shepherd, the Lord restores the soul of the broken and weary (23:3). When we are hurt and devastated, He puts us back in the right condition. He refreshes and renews our innermost being. He is our spiritual compass who constantly shows us the right way. We never need to feel confused and uncertain in life with such a “Great Shepherd.”
There are going to be times when bad things happen to us. Everything seems to cave in on us and we just don’t know which way to turn and whom to trust. But, like David, we never need to fear because God’s presence is guaranteed. “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” (23:4). What a Great Shepherd!