The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I 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 have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23
It is easy to say “The Lord is my Shepherd,” when we are comfortable and have everything that we want, and yet, that does seem to be the time when we stray from the other sheep.
When we’re going through the shadow of death, that valley that steals our health, our wealth, our loved ones, that’s the time that we press in closer to the other sheep and our Shepherd, or we run away in terror.
Sometimes, a little lamb continuously strayed from the flock, and to teach the lamb to stay with the flock the shepherd broke the lamb’s leg. While the leg healed, the shepherd carried the lamb around his neck. The lamb grew to know and love the shepherd, and when the lamb’s leg was healed, the lamb always stayed by the shepherd.
We need a little correction sometimes, too. It hurts while we’re healing, but that can be a time of deeper intimacy as our Shepherd carries us around His neck.
He gently walks us to the table of plenty and gives us His overflowing cup. He anoints our wounds with the healing oil of the Spirit.
He guides us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
My prayer for you
Loving Shepherd, guide us in Your righteous paths. We cherish Your rod and staff because we know that You love us with an everlasting love. You are our Protector, our Healer, our Provider, our Rest, our Savior. We adore You and cherish Your presence.
- Shepherds and Sheep (racharpie.wordpress.com)