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. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:1-6 (NIV)
No truer statement has ever been said. What’s that? I shall not want. Why is that? You are my Good Shepherd. You have provided for all my needs. How so? Wonderfully so. You rescued me from a life without you. You took me off the path that led away from you. If I were to say that, “I found you”, I would be quite mistaken. You pursued me. I was like a lost sheep that you relentlessly pursued. You would not let me go. You would not leave me alone. You would not let me live a life without you. You found me and brought me back to you. You redeemed my life. You paid for my sins. You cleansed my unrighteousness. You filled me with your Holy Spirit. You adopted me into your family or maybe I should say, “You made me a part of your flock.” Yes, I did. You brought my bruised and battered and broken life to a quiet place. You made me lie down in quiet pastures and led me by still waters so you could revive, refresh and restore my soul. Yes, I did. You have been changing my heart and transforming my mind so I can think your thoughts, speak your words, and do your deeds. You made it so I could know and do your will. In other words, it could be said that you have led me in paths of unrighteousness for your name sake. You made me able to be a witness for you in the world. You made it so I could bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I did. All through the ups and downs and twists and turns of life you have been with me to comfort, guard and guide me. Even in the very shadow of death or in the presence of enemies you have made it so I have had no reason to fear. I have been able to hold on to you because you have held on to me. You will never let me go. No, I will not. You have abundantly blessed my life. You have shown me your goodness, kindness, mercy and love both now and forever. The best is yet to come. One day I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Yes, you will. Thank you, Lord, that you are my Good Shepherd. I will love, follow and serve you all the days of my life. That is very good.
Lord, you have been so very good to me. You have provided all I have needed in life. You indeed are my Good Shepherd. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do what you ask of me. I will allow you to take good care of me as I love, follow and serve you. Amen
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