Read Psalm 23:1-4.

In our modern world, most of us are far removed from sheep or shepherding, so when we hear that God is Yahweh Rohi, our Shepherd, it can be easy to miss the beauty and tenderness of the sentiment. To understand what it’s all about, you must first know that a sheep relies on its shepherd for everything. Without a good shepherd, a sheep is liable to be picked off by a predator, wander off into dangerous terrain, or succumb to the elements. Our Good Shepherd not only supplies all our needs, God’s Word tells us He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). With God as our Yahweh Rohi, we are always in good hands.

His grace is perfect, and His peace is enduring. His leading is thoughtful and personal, and His comfort superior to all others. His companionship is eternal, and He banishes all our fears. He provides so abundantly that our enemies will see His blessings and flee. He has anointed us for future glory, and His goodness and mercy overflow in the present.

Praise Yahweh Rohi, our Shepherd! Whatever you’re going through, know that He cares for you. He loves you with an everlasting love. Draw near to Him, and He will refresh your soul. Listen to His voice, and He will lead you along the right paths. Even in the darkest valley, He will not abandon you.

Prayer: Jesus, You are my Good Shepherd, my constant protector and friend. Your care is amazing; Your grace is precious to me. With You I lack no good thing. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing” (Psalm 23:1).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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