In Psalm 23, David expresses openly that he trusts the Lord alone to take care of him. This includes the material, spiritual, psychological, and physical aspects of his life. He is the kind of sheep who has no reservations; he rests confidently on the Good Shepherd's bosom.
At the end of the poem, however, David rejoices over the fact that the goodness of our Shepherd does not end with this earthly life. Instead, it stretches beyond into all eternity, so that the sheep who trusts the Divine Shepherd enjoys provisions and care not only in this life, but also in the life to come.
The difference from a literal sheep, the spiritual sheep does not stay outside in the field but has a special place in the Shepherd's house itself. The sheep lives not on green pastures but in the presence of their owner--forever.
It is encouraging to enjoy God's goodness during this life, but it would be short-sighted of us if we ended with this earthly perspective. Like David, we look forward to rejoicing in the very presence of God for all eternity!
We live for "Eternity" and that "Blessed Hope!"
TODAY'S THOUGHT: What do you live for today?
SONG: A Pilgrim Was I - (Surely Goodness and Mercy)