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 . . .

Yesterday and the next couple days we are looking at this Psalm. It helps us understand God’s greatness in caring for us.

Verse 4 is not only the centre of the Psalm, it gives us great hope in times of difficulty and trouble.

The Lord is with us . . . Even in the darkest of times, the darkest moments of our lives, the most difficult, dangerous and doubtful times, He is with us. So often the scriptures tell us, “Do not be afraid!” Here, the Psalmist declares, I will not fear! Why? Because the Lord is with us! The Lord is close by our side which gives us great reason not to fear!

The Lord protects us . . . His rod is the stick that is used to discipline, to correct and protect us from all kinds of danger. It helps to lead us in the right direction, scold us for not listening well.

The Lord comforts us . . . His staff is the hook that brings safety to our way. The Shepherd uses the crook in the staff to guide, lead, protect, and bring a sense of security to our path.

The Lord does all this when we acknowledge Him as our Shepherd and allow Him to lead us and guide us.