The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, 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.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. Psalm 23 NKJV
This is the famous Psalm of David. For many of us it is a favorite passage of scripture. It is biblical literature at its best. It is a beautiful poem and song. For David it was reality.
David was a Shepherd. He became the leader of his people. David was a lamb in God’s flock. He looked to his great and merciful Shepherd to meet his needs. God referred to David as a man after His own heart.
David sinned against God and his people. David did not avoid judgment and punishment. He knew the depths of God’s grace and mercy. He continued to seek and serve the Lord. David knew God is righteous and just. He knew God brings correction to restore us.
David trusted in the grace and mercy of God. He knew God desires relationship with His people above all things. Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship with the Great Shepherd and Lover of Our Souls.
You and I sin. It is part of the human experience. Do not avoid God’s judgment. Trust in the Lord’s grace and mercy. Continue to seek and serve Jesus. He is just and righteous. He corrects us because He loves us. Jesus uses His rod and staff to restore us!
David wrote these beautiful words because God’s love impacted Him in such a powerful way he needed an outlet to express it.
David was not writing a song or a poem. He was glorifying God. He may have intended to simply state the facts but was overcome with the reality of God’s love. God loved David. David knew it!
The God who loves David loves you. Jesus desires relationship with you above all things. Let God’s love sink deep down into your soul. Jesus wants you to be so impacted by His love you need an outlet to express it. Jesus wants you to share His love with others!
The Great Shepherd meets our needs. Jesus gives us a place to rest in the safety of His love. Jesus leads us into the still waters of peace. Jesus restores our souls with His forgiveness and mercy. Jesus leads us into paths of righteousness for His namesake!
Goodness and mercy follows people who join with the flock of the Great Shepherd. People who love and trust Jesus will live in His Father’s house forever. Each room in the Father’s house is filled with love laughter and blessed perfection. Reserve yours today!
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