Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Our Shepherd - February 24, 2010

Psalm 23 (Amplified Bible)A Psalm of David.
1THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
2He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

3He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him--not for my earning it, but] for His name's sake.

4Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

6Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

Life in this world is challenging. It seems that no matter what you do, there is always something that is there trying to defeat you. That is why more and more, we need to seek God for comfort and guidance. The verse above is a very familiar one to most. In the Bible, God is often depicted as a shepherd caring for his sheep. We are very fortunate that our God seeks us and desires to love us in this way.

Remember that no matter the circumstances, no matter your condition, no matter what you have done, God is there to embrace and care for you. Isn't it time you place the challenges of your life into His care?

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