Everyone knows Psalm 23. That famous Psalm which that famous King who goes by the name of David wrote. Psalm 23 starts with the phrase “The LORD is my shepherd,…“. This Psalm compares how God takes care of us, with how a shepherd takes care of his sheep. This is probably the most famous if not the most famous Psalm. Also, this magnificently written poem is critically acclaimed and has impacted the world of literature in so many different ways. For example, my favorite non-Christian band named:”Dream Theater” wrote a song titled: “In the Presence of Enemies” parts 1 and 2 which got most of its lyrics from Psalm 23 itself. This Psalm has been memorized and internalized by thousands or maybe even millions of people all across the globe mainly because how the Psalm paints a picture of God’s love for us.
This Psalm is just amazing can I just say? One day, I was thinking about King David and this Psalm again, reciting it in my head over and over again. I was wondering how King David could have written such an awesome piece of literature. Then it hit me. David was a “Shepherd”, OK here I am stating the obvious, but hear me out. If David had not been a “Shepherd” to start of with then the world wouldn’t have had the privilege of having known this piece. David needed those sheep to make the comparison of how God takes care of him and how he takes care of his sheep. I’ll repeat that statement because I believe this is important: “David needed those sheep to make the comparison of how God takes care of him and how he takes care of his sheep”. Without those sheep in his life, David would never have had an insight of how God sees him because he never would have had someone or something to take care of.
In the same way, we as Christians, will have a very difficult time comprehending and understanding what it means to look at the world thru God’s eyes if we don’t have something or someone to take care of. As much as we cry out and even sing songs like “Give me eyes to see more of who you are” and “Open our eyes, to see the things that make your heart cry” if we don’t have our own set of “flock” to look after we just wouldn’t get it. This just goes to show why making disciples is important, making disciples is important because it helps us mature in our walk with God. That word mature, just means a wider perspective or a new perspective of looking at things. If we want to mature in anything, we need to widen our perspective in whatever subject matter is involved. At the same time, in discipleship, if we really want to mature in our walk with God, we have to widen our perspective. But how can we achieve that if we don’t have our own set of sheep to take care of? Just like David, he really got the heart of God, he had a perspective of how God associates with us, because he had sheep to take care of. Discipleship is really more for us than for the people we serve, because God can use anyone to disciple others, but because he wants us to mature in Him he gives us the privilege to do so. Discipling others widens our perspective and gives us insight as to how God looks at us.
At the end of the day, I believe that one of the reasons why David worshiped God the way he did, even if it cost him his reputation at times, is because he had a better understanding of who God is. Once we understand God’s character more and have a deeper perspective of who this God is, it will definitely cause us to worship him more. But again, to gain perspective and maturity, we need to have a new set of lens, and that is thru making disciples.
A psalm of David.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD