March 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). When the Lord is your personal Shepherd; leading, guiding, and protecting; there is nothing to fear. When you are feeling overwhelmed and wondering if you can do the task God has placed before you, remember that your Shepherd is not far off. You might not be able to handle whatever is in front of you, but He can!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters” (Psalm 23:2). What more could a sheep ask for than to have a constant supply of green grass, and clear, cold water? A sheep needs the constant nourishment of grass and the hydration of the water. Our Shepherd knows what each sheep needs individually, and He makes sure to lead us to these places where we can be fed and drink. When you are spiritually hungry and thirsty, run to the Word of God and to prayer. You will find satisfaction for your need in these two places.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3). When you are worn out, both physically and spiritually, there must be a time set aside for restoration. When the baby is sleeping, read a quick devotional and catch a nap yourself. Our Shepherd is interested in us walking in righteousness, and He will do His part by leading us to the places we can find instruction. Don’t skip church because you are tired. Go there to find the paths that lead to righteousness.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). All of us make multiple trips to the valley of the shadow of death in our lifetimes. Every time I attend a funeral, I am reminded of the brevity of life. Every time there is a close call in my car, or a doctor’s visit, I realize the frailty of my life. Don’t worry about these times. It is in these places that our great Shepherd shows up with His rod and staff of comfort!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (23:5). Our Shepherd not only meets our daily needs, but He takes care of us when it seems impossible that He would or could. There is nothing that can deter His care for us. Enemies of ours, are no problem for Him. He will not only care for us, but we will flourish in these places. Conclusion: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (Psalm 23:6). What an incredible Shepherd we have! Don’t fret over this life … lean into the Shepherd. He will not fail you!

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