Today we take a moment to consider Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. David’s relationship to the Lord was as a sheep to his shepherd. Sheep are not smart, so they need to be led. So too, we need to trust the Lord to lead us in safety, to know where we should go because we do not know what’s best for us, and to care for us, supplying everything we need.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. When sheep are well fed, they lie down in grass, but then they wander off, so the shepherd has to lead them back. But we see here how the content sheep stay where they belong. When we wander off, how often does He have to bring us back.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. It’s during the quiet times that God speaks to us. When we are not quiet, we have a lot of chaos in our lives.
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 your staff, they comfort me. When we walk through the shadow of death, doing dumb things, but knowing the Lord, we don’t have to fear evil because He is with us!
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. He not only has prepared a table for us, but a mansion! Without His mercy and grace, we would not be blessed. By His grace He rescues us, and His mercies are new every day.