The Good Shepherd
A Favorite Psalm
Psalm 23 is arguably every believers’ favorite; it certainly is mine.
When I was a child, my parents would encourage us to read a Psalm each day. I remember the day I first read Psalm 23 on my own. Even then, it struck a memorable chord with me.
Through out the years as I grew up, it remained one of my go-to Bible passages.
Here’s one of the many reasons it is me favorite:
Psalm 23:1 KJV
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
This first verse alone resonates deeply within the soul. The Shepherd, He who is with me. He guides, protects, provide for, fights for, teaches, shelters, strengthens and gives rest to His own.
Mediate on this sentence: I shall not want.
It is a Truth and a Hope.
The Faithful Protector And Guide
Now, read on through the rest of the verses. They are everything!
 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
I recently talked with a dear sister in Christ, She had this terrible burden of having a very sick child. When her child was first diagnosed, the mother was panicky, her mind in a turmoil. It didn’t help that the doctors she consulted painted a very bleak future for her ill child. But then, in the midst of the storm, when in exhaustion and frustration she finally collapsed in the hospital chair, she had a moment of clarity. She remembered to pray and ask God for help.
Like a ray of sunshine breaking through the dark cloud, Hope rose within her. She refused to give up into despair or faithlessness. Instead she prayed to God for her child. She contacted other brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for her child. Prayers went up to Heaven; God reached down to earth and His children.
In due time, the child was sick no more. The doctors eventually gave her a clean bill of health with medical cautions. To this day, the child continues to grow stronger in body and mind, and spiritually she is healthy as well.
As her mother continually testifies, “My Lord walked us through the valley of the shadow of death; He was and is our Faithful Protector and Guide.”
Indeed. On those days when everything seems bleak and you need a reminder of how not alone you are, remember Palm 23. The Good Shepherd is with you.