(If you need the reminder that God is with you and protects you, you can confess and pray the Lord is My Shepherd from Psalm 23)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by life and need the reminder that the Lord is your Shepherd?
In Psalm 23 we are assured that God is in fact our Shepherd and it shows how He shepherds us.
Yet, I used to avoid this scripture when reading the Bible.
It wasn’t the actual words of the scripture, but the way it was often used that drew me away from it. Every funeral I had ever been to, including my father’s, contained its words. Just hearing “Psalm 23” would bring my thoughts down a path that lead to death. In order to prevent the morbid thought trails, I steered clear of this Psalm.
Interestingly enough, when God began teaching me to overcome anxiety He took me straight to the Psalms.
As He began renewing my mind through His Word, I began to see this powerful scripture in a new light. It no longer represented death, but trust in the One who had conquered death. This scripture began to teach me the character of God and how He so lovingly provides for His people. In a time where I felt overwhelmed and out of control, this psalm reminded me that the Lord is my Shepherd and He will provide and care for me.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.Psalm 23:1-3
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
How He Shepherds Us
He makes us to lie down in green pastures
When my kids were little I enforced naps. They would argue that they weren’t tired, to which I would respond, “You may not be tired, but you need to rest.” As adults, we also need rest, spiritual and physical. I love that this verse says He makes us to lie down in green pastures. What does this mean? The Lord is so loving and kind to us, He knows that we need rest. He has provided His Word to comfort us, calm us, and give us rest in the midst of a busy, noisy world. His Word is like green pastures that nourish us, feed us, and fill us as we navigate the busyness of life.
He leads me beside peaceful streams
In South Louisiana, the summers are hot. Sitting outside for just a few minutes can leave you parched, searching for something cold to cool you off. Many times in life, especially when the heat is on, my spirit and soul begin to thirst. More often times than not, I will begin to drink from old wells. The places that used to bring me refreshment before I met Christ. I’ll watch tv, read a good book, and relax by the pool. None of these things are bad, in fact, they help me to relax. Yet they don’t fully refresh my spirit and soul. When I worship and spend time with Jesus, a full refreshing takes place. He gives me living water that sustains me through the heated moments of life.
He renews my strength
Sometimes we just want to give up. Last week was one of those weeks for me. I had a lot of running around to do, but I also had a lot of writing work to get done. Numerous tasks grasped for my attention and I was beginning to feel underproductive and overwhelmed. As I reached out to some friends to share my frustrations, they all said the same thing, “Take a step back.” And so I did. In the chaos of my schedule, I had forgotten my most important appointment–the one with Jesus. There is truly something empowering about inviting Him into our days. I had been relying on my own strength to get things done, rather than spending time asking Him to be my guide. When I laid everything aside and sat in His Presence, even for a short time, my strength was renewed.
He guides me down the right path
Recently I was stuck in a decision and I wasn’t quite sure what I should do. I went straight to my husband and friends to discuss my options. Not a bad thing, right? There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors. (Proverbs 15:22) However, leaving God out of the equation is not wise. Rather than going to Him first, my tendency is to go to Him after I’ve asked everyone else’s advice. I forget that He has all the answers. When I need clear direction, I can seek Him and He always guides me down the right path.
What are you facing today?
Do you need rest, refreshment, strength, or guidance? God is more than able and willing to provide for your needs. Nothing is too big or too small for Him. What matters to you, matters to Him. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, spend time in His Presence and you will be sure to find the provision you seek.
Prayer: The Lord is My Shepherd Psalm 23
Father, thank you that You are our Shepherd. You provide everything we need when we need it. Lord, I pray Your abundant favor and mercy over all of us. Make us to lie down in the green pastures of Your Word. Refresh us by the still waters as we spend time in Your Presence. Lord, strengthen us in the hard times. Give us rest and peace in the midst of the busyness of life. Provide everything we need to get through our difficult situations. Guide us as we walk out this life. Give us direction for every decision we have to make and help us to glorify you in all that we do. Thank you that You are our Source and Provider of everything we need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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