In psalm 23, the psalm of David, God is described as the good shepherd. If we think of a shepherd we might associate him to somebody uneducated and poor. Jesus was poor when he was on earth. He was born in a stable, had simple cloths and spend his time with those that are sick, poor and expelled from society. Those that long for status and the richness of this world will not understand how somebody claiming to be God would not want to surround himself with richness of this planet and gold and diamonds as well as powerful people.

However the christian God is different: his richness is not in any way connected with earthly trumpery. Jewels, diamonds, gold and earthly status are worthless to god. God is almighty and can have everything if he wants, however the only true things that count for him are richness in spirit and virtues and Jesus is well endowed with those: richness of good deeds, love, joy, honesty and peace.

Those that trust the christian God do not need to have any fear and can build on those richnesses of spirit and virtue, can trust that God himself is their good shepherd and will lead them to the right place and give them whatever they need.

                   

Psalm 23:

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,


I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.