The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside the still waters, He restores my soul. He guides 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 staff they comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely 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
Today’s Devotional was written by: Don McCarty
When I am struggling I invariably turn to the Psalms, and Psalm 23 is one of the first ones I look for encouragement. Simply put, it is one of my favorite passages of Scripture. It is unsurpassed in its beauty, brevity and benefits. It is like the Lord’s Prayer, both simple and complete. Psalm 23 is a declaration of trust in the Lord as our good shepherd. He is not just our good shepherd, but also my good shepherd. The language is personal throughout. I’m all for the corporate aspect of many of the commands and promises of God, but suffering tends to make us feel all alone. When we feel alone, we crave a more personal word from God and Psalm 23 delivers on that aspect. Here God is revealed as both magnificent and humble. The sovereign Lord tenderly cares for His people as a shepherd cares for his sheep. If the Lord weren’t great, His care wouldn’t amount to much and if He didn’t care about us, His greatness would only terrorize us. But in Psalm 23, we see the Lord as He is, both powerful and loving, sovereign and compassionate. Because of the divine Shepherd’s care, the psalmist (David) says He lacks nothing. God is David’s source for what he writes. He trusts that the good Shepherd will provide all he needs. There is no anxiety about the future, but only trust and rest and blessings. We can learn to be secure in our Heavenly Father’s love and care for us.
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