“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.” Psalm 23
Heartbeat of God: p. 331
When you read Psalm 23 today, do you hear God speaking to you differently than ever before? You may have always known that God was your shepherd, but did you truly put your faith and trust in Him to lead and comfort you in the valleys? Have you claimed that “goodness and love will follow you ALL the days of your life”? You may need to hear the words from our Good Shepherd like you’ve never heard them before. Listen and obey His words, little sheep. You should not fear evil. He will refresh your soul and comfort you. It is with his rod and staff (authority) that he counts, feeds, leads, rescues, guides and protects each of his sheep.
During this Holy week be reassured that our Savior, who died on the cross to save our lives, is also our Shepherd, who walks with us today and takes care of us even in the darkest of times. Read and reread Psalm 23 and John 10:14 where we are reminded of Jesus’ reassuring words, “I am the GOOD SHEPHERD, I know my sheep and my sheep know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father- and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
I am keeping my post short today because I want you to focus on your scripture readings; and I want to encourage you to listen to Kevin Queen’s sermon, “I AM, The Good Shepherd.” I listened to it last week and found it to bring great comfort and peace to my soul and hope it will yours as well.
Link to video sermon
For further reading: Deuteronomy 31:6-8; Luke 15:4; John 10:7-18
God, You are my Shepherd and I praise you for walking the valleys and the hillsides with your sheep. We are forever grateful for how you care for us and meet our needs. Thank you for walking the valley of whatever we are experiencing right now- health issues, pain, anxiety, financial situations, desperation, isolation, on and on. I am grateful we don’t have to carry all of this on our own. It’s a great comfort and blessing to me that you know all my needs even before I say them to you. All praises to you, our Good Shepherd and Savior for protecting us, providing for us, and dying for us. I love you and will worship you today and always. For you are with us all of the days of our lives. Amen