Psalm 23 23 “The Lord is my shepherd;I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord Forever.”
I remember a few months ago telling a room of people how I could not remove this passage of scripture from my heart and how in any times of stress or anxiety it would spring from my lips. I also remember someone joking about how I just chose a “cliche” Christian verse. But as I stand in this new place of life I feel completely blessed at the goodness and skill of my shepherd.
In Psalm 23:1 we see David sing of the great devotion and care God has for His people, for David himself. David understands the need for a flock to have a determined loving shepherd. He understands God’s love and passion for His people. David, being a shepherd himself once risked his life to find a lost sheep. He understands. God is the shepherd of Israel, He takes them into his arms, and then takes care of them, protects, and provides for them. He does it with constancy and patience with us. It is His top business to tend the flock.
God being our shepherd, we must be as sheep, inoffensive, meek, and quiet, silent and calm before the shearers, useful and sociable; we must know our shepherd’s voice, and follow him. He knows what He is doing.
I am thankful to know that David, even in his darkest moments and hardest times had a different outlook on his situations. He trusted in the goodness and passionate love from his shepherd. Through trials, he knew God had anointed him. In his moments of sin and mistakes, he remained joyful. He trusted the places God was leading him. David humbled himself time and time again to be taught by the Lord.
Looking at where I am now I have a whole new understanding on the faithfulness of God and His skillful fatherhood. I am thankful for every moment this verse played in my head as I was walking through the lengthy valley this time of my life has felt like. Although I complained a lot through this time, did not understand what was happening, and I was learning how to lean on my shepherd and follow him closely.
I don’t know what you are walking through but I do know sticking close to him through pain and confusion is the only way to do things. As long as we walk in obedience in the shadow of our shepherd we never have to worry. There will always be peace.
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