The Lord’s My Shepherd

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From Psalms 23, the first verse reads, “The Lord is my Shephard, I shall not [be in] want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.” The Lord is our ultimate guide. All of our trust should be in Him just as the sheep get lost when they think otherwise. We are dependent on our Lord to lead, carry, and protect. Whenever you find a moment that seems too great to bear, that is when you most need a reminder of what is more important: you will be granted a life that is eternal. The prayer of the stressed, the Lord will hear, and he enjoys conversations with you. Psalms 4:1 states “Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” The shepherd takes full joy intending to his precious flock. When the shepherd hears the sheep’s prayer, he rejoices. He knows each sheep by name, and they know His voice. The voice of Jesus is where He promises to be, even to the end of the age: in His Word. The life He lived, He lived for you and me. He lived to protect us, even with His own body and blood. The Promise of a Savior from Genesis continues to you and I today, He protects and guides us.

The Psalm continues, “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.” Here Jesus gives His Promise again to be with you and me. The rod and the staff would be used to fight off a snake or serpent protecting the flock. Sheep wander as they have been known to do, but not every time, we will be protected from the threat of a serpent. The slither of a snake would be enough to scare a sheep into wild directions, but the ones who hear the Shepherd’s call will be called back into the flock. This is our comfort in times of peace and in times of stress.
Prayer: Lord God, Heavenly Father, Thank you for the gift of the Psalms, to teach and guide us on our journey. Thank you for being our Good Shepherd through times when even we struggle to see you. By Your Love, You bring us back to the fold, You tend to our prayers, You call us by name, and You give us Your Word. Give us patience as we walk through the shadow of death, i.e. this world, until we rejoice in the House of the Lord forever. Strengthen and preserve us until the incomparable and unimaginable dawn of glory breaks upon us. Help of the Helpless, Lord abide with us. In Jesus Christ, in Whom we rest, Amen.

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