Let’s truly look at David through the eyes of God. AND, let’s look at God through the eyes of David.
Even though Psalm 23 is the most quoted and most well known Psalm, This psalm is a word picture of a truly surrendered believer. This psalm should challenge our walk with the Lord. Can we truly say we live by the truths expressed by the shepherd boy? Yet, this young shepherd boy is letting us see into his heart.
As I’ve already mentioned, this psalm describes a life of a surrendered believer, someone who is so in love with the Lord that he sees spiritually the truth of who God is, no matter what the flesh may be experiencing. Most of us want to live on the mountaintop, but God knows that isn’t in our best interests. We’ll never learn to trust God or to know His goodness if we are striving to live the “good life” of this world. The 23rd Psalm takes place in the valley. And, frankly, until we have been transformed and conformed and have submitted our lives to God, as David states in verse 1, the rest of the psalm will not be experienced. Without the foundation of verse 1, the rest is wishful thinking. Without the truth of this verse, we are still walking in the folly of our own wisdom. Either God is the Lord of our life or He isn’t.
If David chose to look at his circumstances, he could wallow in self-pity that he was sent out into the fields to watch over the flocks. But instead, he chose to be faithful to what he was asked to do and to take advantage of the opportunity to spend his time worshipping the Lord. David found honor in being a shepherd. He knew the history of his people, and he knew that the Lord referred to Himself as the Shepherd (Yahweh Roi) and His people as His sheep. David chose to remember the goodness of the Lord and how He led His flock, protected them, provided food and protected their dwelling place each evening. The Good Shepherd set boundaries to protect His sheep. They were lost without the Shepherd. If they chose to not follow Him, they could either return to Egypt to die in slavery or go alone into the Promised Land and be killed.
Sheep aren’t intelligent animals, they need a shepherd who will not only lead them but to watch over them and protect them from danger. They quickly learn the voice of their shepherd and place their trust in him alone. They won’t follow a stranger. When a predator came, it would separate one of the sheep from the rest of the flock so that it was vulnerable and became easy prey. He hasn’t changed his tactics today.
Sheep have a habit of wandering off on their own when they are young. The shepherd would take the curved part of his staff and pull them back into the flock. If the animal continued this pattern, the shepherd would actually break it’s legs and place the little lamb around his neck and carry him. It was when he was in constant contact with the shepherd that he learned the shepherd’s heart beat and learned his love and protection was for his safety and well being.
Is it any wonder the Lord calls His people sheep? So this is where we find a young shepherd boy, in a valley with grazing sheep, and he is responsible for their care and safety. Unless David established the foundation he was standing on, this assignment would be a battle, both physically and spiritually. So David chose to believe who God was and to place his trust fully in His care. How else can one say that he doesn’t have to worry because all is in the Lord’s hand?
David referred to the “Lord”. The actual word in Hebrew is Jehovah or Yahweh, the one true God. So David was testifying that the one true God who created the universe was the One who was watching over him. And, because of God’s track record, David knew that Yahweh had it under control and he was placing his trust in Him. He chose to believe that God was the same yesterday, today and forevermore. (Hebrews 13:8)
“In the beginning”….God created the universe out of nothing. His Word brought forth light! He formed man out of the dirt of the ground, breathed into it, and a man, with fully formed internal organs, arteries, veins, brains that were already functioning with a comprehensive language to converse with his Creator! Just because this doesn’t make any sense in the physical realm, I believe it with all my being because the God who created the universe can do abundantly beyond anything I can even imagine! Like David, we choose to believe God.
Look around you, seriously...look into the morning, noon and night sky. Look at the landscape around you, whether you live in an area surrounded by beautiful mountains, or an area with forests, or sea shores. I truly am speechless when I sit and behold the beauty of creation. I challenge you to not see what man has done in this earth, all the destruction, the evil, the hatred. No, look at it through the eyes of God when He created it and said “It is good.”
You are one of the delivered ones from Egypt, it’s truly a miracle, and totally because of God’s drawing that you were saved. You didn’t earn the right to be delivered. You weren’t “good enough” to deserve deliverance, but God chose to deliver you from the power of the prince of darkness (Ephesians 2:1-6). So, the question now is, what are you withholding from Him? What are you not believing He will take care of? David could have become despondent and angry, but instead, he chose to draw closer to God. As he spent hours watching over the flock, he began to see through the eyes of God and could do nothing else but worship him. David became a worshipper! “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) Then praise Him!
It was during this time that the Lord taught David how to use the smooth stones and sling shot. No where in scripture does it give us a clue how David developed the strength to defeat the lion and the bear. That alone should remind us that God is greater than all! There is nothing impossible for God! ‘Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,’ (Jeremiah 32:17)
If we look through the eyes of God, what would God see when He looked at David? He saw David’s heart. He saw a vessel that was willing to trust and be used for His glory! I believe, He saw a young man who wanted to be like his “Shepherd”. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;” (Ephesians 5:1) No wonder God referred to David as a “man after His own heart”!
It was because of David’s placing his trust in God, that all of his “worries” could be laid down and he could have God’s peace which allowed him to rest in God’s presence and be teachable. Is that you, dear one? It can only be accomplished in the midst of your circumstances. Just maybe, those circumstances are from the Lord so you will finally turn to Him and trade your burden for His. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Are you willing to trade that “heavy taskmaster” you’ve been serving and take on the yoke of Jesus? Oh, there will still be challenges and circumstances, but you will be connected to the One who has won the victory and now sits at the right hand of the Father! You will learn to see His will and learn His ways. You will see how He “plows” to bring a harvest, where before you were frustrated and without hope of seeing any fruit.
Where there is a “yoke” there is a team. The team is the host of heaven when you choose the yoke of Jesus! Wow, are you seeing the vision? Need a little help in opening the cover from the well of refreshing water? Go to the Praise His Holy Name tab and click on the A to Z Praise List. Each praise is taken from scripture revealing a portion of God; not just His attributes, but who He is. I love to use this list to praise Him or to pray over others. I have been deeply blessed by using this as part of my prayer and praise time with the Lord. I may not be able to play a musical instrument, but my heart is to praise the Holy One of Israel and to be in His presence! We are told to sing praises to our King and to hold up holy hands in worship. It is only through this relationship between the Lord and us that we can stand in His righteousness and experience the goodness of the Lord! Oh how joyous!
Dear Abba, How great You are! My heart overflows with Your love! Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit that is living in me to teach me to continuously lift up Your holy name! Thank You for forgiveness when I miss the mark and take You off the throne of my heart! I bow my knees and submit to You everything that is in me. You are my King, my Lord and my Shepherd. Without You I am lost. You lifted me up from the pit of miry clay and set my feet upon the rock. You put a new song in my mouth and I am so humbled that you have chosen me to be a vessel that You flow through to touch others. (Psalm 40:2-3). Lord, if there are any reading this today who have not allowed You to become Lord of their lives, I lift them up and ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to begin to break up the fallow ground. Thank You that whatever we ask according to Your will, we know that You have heard and will bring it to pass. (I John 3:22). I love You, Abba with everything that is in me. Amen!