by Heather Tietz
The LORD is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
David has perhaps the greatest compliment the Bible contains - one given by God Himself. “[He] is a man after My heart” (Acts 13:22). David loved God. He truly loved Him. And, God knew it.
David had a special way to describe God. He called Him, Shepherd. Such a name was in stark contrast to those of the foreign gods surrounding the Jews. These gods that had to be appeased and begged. Molech, Ashtoreth, Baal, they demanded atrocious acts to bring rain, grow crops and win battles. They did not shepherd. They did not care. They did not love.
David learned about God through the stories of His father and grandfathers. Surely he met Him in the fields when he was a boy. He marveled at God’s creation as he watched his father’s sheep day by day.
He solicited God’s help when he killed the lion, the bear and the giant Goliath. He wrote God songs because His heart was full and He knew God listened. He prayed because he knew God was able. His God was Creator, Protector, Provider, Counselor and Righteous Leader. He was David’s loving Shepherd.
Who is God to you? What would your affectionate name for Him be?