Good Shepherd

Psalm 23 never gets old. It's timeless, applicable and relevant for every season. It's a beautiful passage for all moments of life. It reminds me that I have a good father who is always with me. He helps me. He knows what is best for me and He leads me. He tends to my heart, mind, body and soul. I am cared for and taken care of. When I feel overwhelmed, under attack or backed up against the wall, I can have peace and walk in peace because the war is over, the battle is won. He fought for me and is fighting on my behalf. I can rest. I do not have to fight for victory, I stand in the victory he has won for me. I do not have to fear, because God is with me. He is for me. So when challenges come or I'm tempted to worry, I look to my father and find my strength. He will direct me to fight from victory or to stand and let him fight my battles. Surely this is a time in history where we more clearly see God as our very Good Shepherd. 

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
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.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
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 your 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 NIV) 


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