Day 31: Yahweh Rohi

[Yahweh Rohi];
    I have all that I need.
 He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
 Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
 You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Psalm 23

Yahweh Rohi: The Lord Is My Shepherd

This name of God is one that never loses its magnetism. It is the most profound argument against the disinterested God; this Shepherd, this Yahweh Rohi, is not some distant Being who created everything and just stepped aside and let it run its course. There are those who believe that if God made the world, He couldn’t have cared too much about it to let it turn out like this. I understand the place of hurt where this idea comes from too well to belittle it; I hope and pray healing for those hearts that are there today.

But God is not and never has been a disinterested God. Though we marred His world with our sin, He is right here in the thick of our lives making sure we get where we need to go to have all that we need. He is there to find us when we wander off, clean up the messes we leave where we shouldn’t, lead us to the resources that meet our needs, and sheer off our extra weight when it pushes us down. He calls to us and leads us through chaotic places by just the sound of His voice, and wherever He goes, we know we are safe. He is the One who knows us all by name.

He is Yahweh Rohi, my Shepherd Lord, my Caretaker.

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