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(The Lord My Shepherd)
Jehovah Rohi My God Who Shepherds and Guides Me / Yahweh-Rohi (Ro'i, Ro'eh) — Yahweh Is My Shepherd / Yahweh Is My Friend Pronounced Yä-wá' (or Yä-vá') Ro-ee'
The Lord my Shepherd is used in Psalm 23 - Jehovah Rohi / Jehovah Ro'eh — the Lord shepherds me / My God Who Guides Me and is a LIGHT unto me and it is He who LIGHTS my path. Without Him as my GUIDE , I am lost and walk in "darkness" all my days.
"The Existing One" of LIGHT! "to be" my Light! or "to exist." as LIGHT! It also suggests "to become" or specifically "to become known" as The LIGHT of The World? A shepherd is one who feeds or leads his flock to pasture (Eze 34:11-15). or you might extend this translation to encompass the word meanings as a "friend" or "companion." This indicates the intimacy God desires between Himself and us - considered as "The Lord my Friend.
We have a "friend in Jesus" as you have heard many times. If you really want to get a better mind picture or understanding of the "friendship" of Jesus , you need look no farther than His Passion .. it all starts with "the blood" He shed for YOU and ME!
“The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” Jehovah God reveals herein how exactly the Holy Spirit meets the needs of His people. Just as other names reveal the Creator and Ruler of nations, the Life Giver, the Provider, the Healer, the Commander, the Sanctifier, the needed Peace and the All-Sovereign, so Psalm 23 gives another provision of Jehovah God - He is the Shepherd of the sheep. "He maketh...leadeth...restoreth...guideth...goeth with......preparest...anointest...” declares the completeness of Jehovah Rohi. After all the Jewish people were a pastoral people; they understood more the duties of a Shepherd than Western people know. In Egypt Joseph told the Pharaoh, “...Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.” God’s people of all ages can rely upon Him for shepherding love, care, and resources needed for a healthy life. The writer of this Psalm, David the shepherd boy, knew and could appreciate the shepherding care of Jehovah God. The Hebrew word rohi comes from the word raah and is translated in various ways - feeder, keeper, companion, friend, pastor, herdsman, and shepherd. The Shepherd our Lord is the Feeder to provide, the Keeper to protect, the Companion to cheer, the Friend to help, the Pastor to comfort, the Herdsman to gather and the Shepherd to lead. Now we understand what is meant by the phrase I shall not want.
The acquaintance of shepherding work was familiar to the Hebrew nation. They realized they needed Someone to feed them as His flock, to gather them together within His arms and to carry them in His bosom. No other Divine title gives the intimate and tender personal touch like the Shepherd. Many times prophets, priests and kings were referred to as shepherds. In fact, Jehovah God could say to the pagan king Cyrus (Isaiah 44:28), “...He is my shepherd , and shall perform all my pleasure; even saying to Jerusalem, ‘Thou shalt be built;’ and to the temple, ‘Thy foundation shall be laid’.” Other passages referring to Jehovah as Shepherd are as follows:
(Gen 48:15), “And he (Jacob) blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, did walk, the God who fed me all my life long unto this day,...”
(Gen) 49:24, “...his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob (from there is the shepherd, the stone of Israel).”
(2Ch 18:16), “Then he said, ‘I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd.’ And the Lord said, ‘These have no master; let them return, therefore, every man to his house in peace’.”
(Psa 80:1), “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou who leadest Joseph like a flock; thou who dwellest between the cherubim, shine forth.”
(Psa 100:3), “Know ye that the Lord, he is God; it is he who hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are the sheep of his pasture”
(Isa 40:11), “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd ; he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”
(Eze 34:11-12), For thus saith the LORD: Behold I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.”