I've been thinking about Psalm 23 a lot lately. I'm getting ready to start a sermon series on it this coming Sunday.
Psalm 23 is one of the most well known passages from the Bible. Many people know how it begins...
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."
There are times when I look at my life and realize just how good God has been to me.
Even though I don't deserve it...
Even though I have made a mess of things...
The Lord is STILL my shepherd.
Because He is my shepherd, He addresses my worries. Therefore, I have no wants because He knows my needs.
Because He is my shepherd, He confronts my obsessive need to please people.
Because He is my shepherd, He helps me deal with my guilt.
Because He is my shepherd, He helps me make decisions.
Because He is my shepherd, He helps me through tough times.
Because He is my shepherd, He helps me overcome my pain.
Because He is my shepherd, my future is something to look forward to!
David said all of this very well when he wrote these words:
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 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.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
I'm looking forward to Sunday.