Psalm 23

Today I  am sharing Psalm 23. It is one of my many favorite scriptures. I chose this Psalm because it lets me know that I can depend on God when I find myself in a valley, in a depressed situation, or in a quandary. No matter where I find myself, the Lord, my shepherd is there to help me. The writer of this Psalm, David depicts God as a caring shepherd who looks out for His sheep.

Psalm 23:1-6 (Amplified) – The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.  He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake. Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a]oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.  Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

Notice that the shepherd  feeds, guides, and shields. When we follow him we will get fed, we will get direction, and we will get protection. Following the shepherd is the key to our contentment and security.

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