“The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the path of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I 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 have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
As I read this passage, I think back to the time when God inspired David with these very same words because it is highly-relevant in today’s world when we listen and accept what these words are telling us.
When we begin to understand the roles and responsibilities of a shepherd, the Psalm becomes clearer and starts to make sense. A shepherd takes care of His sheep, protecting them from all harm, providing a safe place to travel, to rest and be refreshed, providing everything they need and more.
When adversity hits us, and it doesn’t matter what they are, be it health, financial set back, depression, family problems, fears, and so on, we do not have to worry or succumb to them because He is always with us. He may even push us in some way or form, to the right direction or to the place we need to go.
When we encounter people, places and/or things that stand in our way, He will take care of it and we will prevail, we will be honored and we will have abundance in every area of our lives beyond our needs and/or wants.
And as we go along, goodness and loving kindness will be with us, helping us to be forgiven for our mistakes and to forgive others for their shortcomings too. We can embrace, follow, and be one with God forever – the here and now along with the future.