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)
I am your shepherd. Follow me. I will lead you through life. Yes Lord, I will follow you. Where do you want to lead me? You have been bruised, battered and banged up by life. I will lead you to a quiet place where you can get out of the crowd and away from the noise and busyness of life. I will bring my healing into your life. You are weary and worn out. Rest in my presence. Drink deeply from the still waters of life. You have been hungry and thirsty. Come to me and you will never go hungry. Believe in me and you will never be thirsty. I will satisfy your life with good things as you live your life with and for me.
Don’t be too quick to leave this place. Make it your daily pattern to rest in my presence so that I can refresh your life and restore your soul. What do you want to do in me? How do you want to change me? What do you want to do through me? I will teach and train you to walk with me. I will mold and shape your life. I will lead you on the path of righteousness for my name’s sake. What does that mean? I will help you to think my thoughts. I will help you to walk in my ways. You will learn to follow and obey me.
The road ahead will not always be easy. At times you will be walking right through evil and darkness all around you. Enemies will be on every side of you. You will have no reason to fear. Why is that? I will be with you to help you. I will guard and guide your life. I will protect you. I will watch over you. My presence will comfort you. You will learn to rely on me. You will learn to trust in me with all your heart.
My blessing and anointing will be upon you. You will bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. Goodness will follow you all the days of your life. There is one thing that you will always be able to look forward to with great anticipation. What’s that? One day you will come to live forever in heaven with me. With that knowledge you will be encouraged. With that knowledge you will be strengthened. With that knowledge you will keep moving forward with me. Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, you are my shepherd. You have been meeting my needs. You have restored my soul. You have led me on paths of righteousness. You have been my comfort as I have walked through evil. I look forward to living forever in heaven with you. Amen
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