Character of God: Jehovah Raah

Psalm 23 NKJV
23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not [a]want.2 He makes me to lie down in [b]green pastures;
He leads me beside the [c]still waters.3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Jehovah Raah means the Lord my Shepherd and there is no better way to get a wholesome breakdown of what that means except we look at the psalm of David, Psalm 23.

Because God is Jehovah Raah, I shall not want, I will not be worried about my supply because as my shepherd he is my provider, he is also my source. He makes me lie down in pastures green, meaning he knows what’s best for me and I need to trust him. He leads me to the best places with still waters. Though I go though many issues that damage and wound my soul, he restores my soul and makes me whole. Because He is also Jehovah Tsidkenu the Lord my righteousness, he leads me in the path of righteousness for his name sake, something I could never do in my own strength.

Even when things are tough, when I have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, because He is also Jehovah Shammah, I am not alone as I walk through this valley. God is with me and his staff and his rod they comfort me and guide me. He is my ever present help in times of trouble.
Jehovah Raah prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies, in deed the battle is not mine, it belongs to the Lord because He is also Jehovah Nissi, the Lord my banner. He anoints me with oil, he fills me with his Spirit and my cup overflows

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The Lord is my shepherd, my Jehovah Raah!

Reflective Thoughts
What are some of the issues that cause you to be anxious and in want and yet the Lord is your Shepherd?
Do you trust the Lord enough to allow Him to lead you because He is your Shepherd or are you that wayward sheep he has to come looking for?
Do you truly believe that the Lord is your shepherd? If yes, then what kind of attitude should you have in life?