Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Psalm 23:1-6 NLT
[1] The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.

[2] He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

[3] He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

[4] Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

[5] You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

[6] Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.

Reflection . . .

Psalm 23 is probably the most well know passage in the Bible. It’s a favourite of so many people, and rightly so. It speaks of God’s provision and His guiding hand in our lives through life and even in death.

It is all about the Lord, what He does to care for us and the blessing of His love pursuing us all our days. But the first verse gives us a statement, a condition.

The Lord is my shepherd!

If the Lord is not my shepherd I will not have all I need, I won’t enjoy rest and peace, renewed strength or be led in right paths. When I walk in dark places I will be afraid and I won’t know the Lord’s protection and comfort. If the Lord is not my shepherd, I won’t be satisfied with what I have or know the blessings of the Lord. If the Lord is not my shepherd, I won’t know that He is pursing me everyday.

What joy it is and will be to live in the presence of the Lord!