Psalm 23

I can’t think of anything to say about this passage that hasn’t already been said by preachers and teachers throughout the ages – other than this – Psalm 23 is very personal. David understood the relationship between a shepherd and the sheep, and he gives us a glimpse into the love of our Lord, our shepherd. Let’s look at this passage the same way we looked at Psalm 21 – make it personal for you. Replace the personal pronouns with your name.

The Lord is Jackie’s shepherd; I have all that I need. ~ Psalm 23:1 NLT

Let’s stop right there and pause and think about this. I am protected and cared for by the Lord – the God of the universe! What more could I possibly need?

He lets Jackie rest in green meadows; he leads Jackie beside peaceful streams. ~ Psalm 23:2 NLT

Read it again – and read it slowly – think about what it is saying. With businesses closing and the governor’s stay home mandate, rest and peace aren’t things that come readily to mind. The what-ifs and stress can easily over shadow the rest and peace of meadows and streams. So read it again, slowly. Think about God’s promises.

He renews Jackie’s strength. He guides Jackie along right paths, bringing honor to his name. ~ Psalm 23:3 NLT

I don’t know how you have been feeling the past week or so but I have found all the questions and news and speculation exhausting. After watching the news for a few hours, I decided that I needed to limit my time listening to the COVID-19 reporting and only listen to a few of the highlights each evening. I needed to make different choices. Choices that will lead to renewal of my strength. The Lord has provided the tools, I just need to follow along the path where he is guiding me.

Take the rest of the verses from Psalm 23. Write it out with your name. Meditate on what it means for you to have the Lord as your shepherd. Share your insights with your friends, family or here on this page. And above all, remember we are not alone in this journey called life. The Lord is by your side each step of the way and he longs to be your shepherd.