The Lord … Psalm 23:1a
So, I’ve been thinking about Psalm 23 while I sit here. Have you ever thought about WHY David wrote the Twenty-Third Psalm? I believe it was to build our trust in God. To remind us of who God is. David devotes one hundred and fifteen words to explaining the first two: The Lord.
Who is He to you? A busy Dad perhaps that doesn’t have time for your questions? A kindly old grandpa who’s too weak to carry your load? Or maybe even the “genie in a bottle” God that comes and goes at your command. Is that the kind of God you want in your life? Is that the kind of God we have?
David’s answer is a resounding NO. He writes, “Yahweh is my shepherd.” Though we don’t use that term much, it was an important term for David to use. He used it over the other names God Almighty, or God Everlasting. Yahweh is God’s name. You may be called Dad, Mom, Doctor or student, but these aren’t your names. If you want to use my name, you say Tamara. If I call you by your name, I say it. And if you want to call God by His name, say Yahweh.
The Bible doesn’t give us a definition for Yahweh, but the name I AM comes close. That’s important because we need a big God. An unchanging God. He creates, but was never created. He is ungoverned.
You and I are governed. The weather determines what we wear. The terrain tells us how to travel. Health determines our strength. But God, doesn’t check the weather, He makes it. This is the shepherd we need. And according to David we have one.
Our God is like a tuning fork always striking a middle C. It was a middle C when I was in high school music class. It will be a middle C today and it will be middle C a thousand years from now. You and I need a middle C God. There are enough changes in our lives with relationships, weather, and health. But God is our constant middle C. Our unchanging shepherd to comfort us in our time of need.
Thank you Yahweh!