The Lord, our Shepherd

The Lord, our Shepherd

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PSALM 23:1-6

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.

The Psalm has been and will continue to be a familiar Psalm for many. Just reading that Psalm gives us that comfort. Words that are used in this Psalm are words of comfort, courage and confidence. If reading the Psalm can give us so much comfort, how much more comfort shall we draw when the Shepherd is with us. Let us take a look at this Shepherd who revives.

He is the Lord who initiates. He is our Shepherd, He makes and restores us. He leads us in the path of righteousness. Even when we are not in a mood to do anything, the Lord takes the initiative to take us out from the pit of despair and put us into a new place that we will experience Him as our Shepherd. When we have the Shepherd, there is nothing to fear.

He is the Lord who intervenes. No matter how difficult the situation is, it may seem impossible, but the Lord intervenes. When we face challenges, we wonder where God is.  The Bible tell us that even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we will fear no evil. He is the Lord who intervenes in all situations. Nothing is impossible for God; nothing is so difficult for our Lord.

He is a Lord who instructs. He is a good Shepherd who instructs us when we go astray,  when we need counsel, when we need wisdom in our decision making. He promises to instruct us and teach us in the way we should go. When He instructs us, we should not be like the mule, nor ever overtake Him.

We are called to just follow the Shepherd with patience and perseverance for He knows the path of leading and He knows the time of leading.

God Bless You

-Taken from ‘A Moment With God’ daily devotional book.

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