The Lord is my Shepherd. Psalm 23 opens with a confession of faith that the Psalm writer believes that God walks beside him. The image of a shepherd and his sheep is a close and personal one. There is no huge chasm between the two. They walk side by side.
Throughout the Scriptures the personal nature of faith is highlighted. In the beginning God walked with Adam and Eve. Once sin came into the picture God came for His afternoon walk and found Adam and Eve hiding from him. Sin brought about separation. Adam and Eve couldn’t face God anymore. Fortunately God didn’t just allow the separation to last. His Gospel promise is that we will live with Him for eternity. Forgiveness removes the separation, and opens the way for us to walk side by side once again.
Read through the Bible and you’ll see people who walk with God in spite of their sin. Moses, David, Abraham, and many others walked with God as a Shepherd walks with His sheep.
Jesus highlights the personal nature of faith when he asks the disciples, “But what about you, who do you say that I am?” Faith cannot be held by someone for you. No one can follow Jesus for you. God has promised to be with you always. God is there to walk with you so that you can proclaim with the psalm writer, “The Lord is MY Shepherd!”
Dear Jesus, you are MY Shepherd. Stay close by my side. Amen.