—the Great I Am; the Ultimate Reality; the One from whom all that is gets its existence; the Sovereign Ruler over every atom in the universe; the Creator and Sustainer of galaxies; the Maker and Shaper of solar systems; the Source of life of every being that has breath; the Source of all goodness and righteousness; the true God; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the God of Moses; the God and Father of Jesus Christ; the One who charts the courses of the sun and stars through the sky; the One who determines the times and places of nations; the One before whom mountains tremble; the One before whom all men will one day bow and give an account; the One who spoke all spirit and matter into being; the King above all other kings; the LORD above all other lords; the Holy One of Israel—
—in this very moment; as he sovereignly governs all creation; as he actively rules over the trillions of stars in the universe; in the same moment in which he is carrying out his perfect will for all mankind; while he steadily moves the clock of history forward moment by moment; right now; today; in this very instant the LORD of all creation is being—
—personal, close, individual, loved, intimate, caring, near, own, dear, special, trusted, familiar, well-known—
—the one who leaves the 99 and seeks the one who’s lost; the tender guide; the patient teacher; the mighty protector; the merciful provider; the ever-present help in time of trouble; the matchless defender; the one who lays down his life for his sheep; the wise teacher; the skillful leader; the servant-master who gives of himself for the good of the flock; the ever-vigilant watchman; the always present eye; the disciplined trainer; the merciful disciplinarian; the one who faithfully yields his rod and his staff for the good of his sheep—
The LORD is my shepherd. What joy and peace are mine.