The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23: 1-3)
The Lord is our shepherd. Just as the shepherd leads the sheep, watches over them, protects them from harm, and makes sure that they have food and water- God does the same for us.
We lack nothing- we have everything we need. God provides everything we need; not sometimes, not maybe, it’s an absolute. If you don’t have it- you don’t need it. If God gave it to you- you need it. If God gave it to you and you’re not sure why you need it, keep it and wait for Him to reveal the reason.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
He gives us rest. Peaceful, soul restoring, rest- the antithesis of anxiety, stress, or worry. The rest that David describes in this Psalm is found in green pastures and along quiet waters. For sheep this is heaven- green grass to enjoy, still water to drink, and a safe place to rest. It’s the same for us. Our perfect rest comes when we surrender ourselves to Jesus, turn our stresses and worries over to him, and let Him give us rest.
And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14)
He refreshes our soul. Jesus died on the cross and rose again so that we would be saved. Our salvation and the promise of eternal life restores our soul. There is a forever for us, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
He guides me along the right paths, along the ancient paths. God has a plan for our lives and when we turn in our own ideas and plans for His plans, He will guide us along the ancient path.
Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16)
That doesn’t mean that we won’t face trials or problems in this world. Undoubtedly we will, it’s a sure thing. But we can take heart that we will overcome because God has promised that He is always with us, always for us, and His plans always work together for good.
Let your Shepherd take care of you. Let Him provide for you, show you the way, give you rest, and restore your soul. Think about the fate of the sheep who wander away from the pack and away from the shepherd. Take your place in the fold.
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