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The Lord Is My Shepherd


Psalm 23.1-4
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” David begins Psalm 23 with a personal example of the Lord as my shepherd. David was king, but he had been a shepherd boy so he would have a great understanding of the imagery of the Lord as our shepherd. What does it mean for you today to think of God as your shepherd? He protects us. He knows us. He provides for us. He leads us. Have you considered how much we as humans are like sheep who tend to be skittish, stubborn, follow the crowd, and even go our own way. David begins by saying the Lord is my shepherd so I have everything I need. How wonderful! I don’t lack anything. I may be living a new normal today trying to practice social distancing for the health and safety of others, but I have all I need because the Lord is my shepherd.
 
“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” He provides nourishment and refreshment. Sheep are afraid of rushing water. He knows what makes me afraid and he encourages me to rest and be renewed.
 
“He restores my soul.” When we place our trust in Jesus, we are redeemed. God loves us and uses his resources to bring us back to him. Just as the shepherd uses the crook of his staff to bring a baby near his mother, and the shepherd will leave the ninety-nine in the flock to find the one who is lost, God pursues us.
 
“He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” God leads us on the right path for the sake of his reputation. Since we belong to God, our lifestyle should make him known.
 
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” We have nothing to fear because God is with us. How is God comforting you in this time? Be honest with God. He cares for you.
 
Blessings,
 
Anna