A Meditation on 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,[a]
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 23:1-6

The Lord is my Shepherd. How cool is that?

He is the leader of the pack, and the pack is us. Each of us are wandering sheep who need a guide.

Are we following the good Shepherd? Are we getting our rest in green pastures? Are we getting replenished daily by His Word and prayer by those still waters?

Temptations come, from the flesh, the devil, and the world–and get us off track. Jesus, our dear Shepherd, keeps us on track, so we stay the course.

He is with us even in the darkest valley. Are you being comforted by your good Shepherd in the hard places in life? Do you come to Him for comfort? It’s a necessary and vital thing for the Christian. Don’t be afraid of evil; your Shepherd will keep a look out for you and guard you from it, as long as you don’t seek it out yourself.

In the presencce of my enemies–doubt, fear, unbelief, and pride–God prepares a meal for me. A meal? In the presence of enemies? Mindblowing.

I don’t have to be afraid even in the face of fear. I can stand firm in the Lord and the power of His might. In the face of any and all evil, I can be well fed with the goodness of the Lord. And then His gracious blessing overflows upon me.

When you follow the good Shepherd, not only do you follow Him, but His goodness and love follow you all the days of your life.

And you will live with Him forever, being well taken care of eternally by your dear Sheep-leader.

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