Knowing The Shepherd Of The 23rd Psalm

In the tv mini-series “Commanche Moon,” there is a scene where Commanche Indians attack the city and among those killed were the Preacher. One young lady “Pearly” is talking to her husband and says, “We are going to have to have a preacher. You would make a good preacher.”
To that, her husband replies, “Oh know, Pearly… I couldn’t be a Preacher… the only verses I know are the ones about them green pastures.”
He was referring to Psalm 23 which says, “He leads me through green pastures.” The 23rd Psalm is one of the most beautiful and best-recognized verses in the Bible. In it, the David, the earthly shepherd, talks about his relationship with Jehovah God, the heavenly shepherd. David says that the Lord guides him, comforts him and protects him.
The Lord will guide us as well. The Lord will comfort us and protect us also. Maybe you are going through a time of adversity… perhaps even an anxious time… The Lord, the heavenly shepherd wants to walk with us. He wants to guide us but, we have to let Him.        This doesn’t mean that He takes our problems away. It means He walks with us through them.
Just as the Lord walked with David through the valley of the shadow of death, He walks with us.
There was once a Shakespearean actor who was known everywhere for his one-man show of readings and recitations from the classics. He would always end his performance with a dramatic reading of Psalm 23. Each night, without exception, as the actor began his recitation-“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”-the crowd would listen attentively. And then, at the conclusion of the psalm, they would rise in thunderous applause in appreciation of the actor’s incredible ability to bring the verse to life.
But one night, just before the actor was to offer his customary recital of Psalm 23, a young man from the audience spoke up. “Sir do you mind if tonight I recite Psalm 23? “The actor was quite taken back by this unusual request, but he allowed the young man to come forward and stand front and center on the stage to recite the psalm, knowing that the ability of this unskilled youth would be no match for his own talent.
With a soft voice, the young man began to recite the words of the psalm. When he was finished, there was no applause. There was no standing ovation as on other nights. All that could be heard was the sound of weeping.
The audience had been so moved by the young man’s recitation that every eye was full of tears. Amazed by what he had heard, the actor said to the youth, “I don’t understand. I have been performing Psalm 23 for years. I have a lifetime of experience and training but I have never been able to move an audience as you have tonight. Tell me, what is your secret?
“The young man humbly replied, “Well sir, you know the psalm… but I know the Shepherd.”

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