A Season of Psalms: Psalm 23: 1,4,6
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
What makes you feel at peace? For some, watching a sunrise or a sunset reminds them that God is still at work in the universe and has all things under His control. For others, it could be listening to their favorite music, snuggling their pet(s), or listening to falling rain. Each of us has something that makes us feel peaceful, at rest, calm. Those activities, at least momentarily, douse the worries and fears that so often creep into our lives.
The best way to be at peace is to remember that the Lord is my shepherd. These are, perhaps, the 5 greatest words in the Bible. Think about it: “the Lord is my shepherd.” When you look at each word individually, here’s what you find:
*The—there’s only one.
*Is—not “might be,” not “could be,” not “was,” but “is” from this time forward
*My—personally, my own
*Shepherd—a gentle protector who loves, guides, and leads.
Since the Lord is our shepherd, we have nothing to fear! He’s with us every step of our lives, and when our full trust is placed in Him, He will lead us, and goodness and mercy will surely follow. And the best part? We have the great privilege of dwelling with Him forever! No need to worry, no need to fear, because we rest in the peace of our Good Shepherd.
Further Reading: John 10:11-18; Ezekiel 34:11-24
Pray with me:
Lord Jesus, thank you for being our Good Shepherd. We will follow You joyfully today, and as we lie down in green pastures and walk beside quiet waters, restore our souls and bring us peace. This we pray in Your name, Amen.