The Lord is My Shepherd

psalm23_1“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”
-Psalm 23: 1-2

I have asked the question, what is the most widely known and memorized passage of scripture? Many people will usually say the 23rd Psalm. In truth it is Matthew 6:9-13. What is that? “Our Father who art in heaven…” Those verses are the Lord’s Prayer which we all have memorized. But I have to say this passage is the second most familiar passage in all of scripture. Why is this passage so powerful and memorable?

First I think it is because here we find God having a personal present relationship with each and every one of us. God is watching over us like a shepherd watches his sheep. The worst feeling we can have in our walk of faith is feeling all alone. Jesus builds on this when he calls himself the Good Shepherd and he calls all of us by name. That expresses that personal relationship that Jesus has with every one of us.

Secondly, the 23rd Psalm has a great way of expressing the journey nature of life. There are days when we are lying in green pastures or here in Florida on a sunny, gorgeous beach. Yet there are other times in life’s journey when we are going through dark and fearful times, (the valley of the shadow of death), when we are afraid. Even there God is present and has his eyes upon each of us. In good days and in bad days we are still the Lord’s people.

What a blessing!

Pastor Dave

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