THE Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and restful waters. [Rev. 7:17.]
He 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.
Yes, 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.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
Surely 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. (Psalm 23:1-6 AMP)
You all know by now how I like to look up and dissect words. My favorite dictionary has come to be the Webster’s 1828 Online Dictionary. It’s beyond awesome! Why? Because it gives scripture references.
The definition it gave for shepherd is:
1. A man employed in tending, feeding and gaurding sheep in the pasture.
3. The pastor of a parish, church or congregation; a minister of the gospel who superintends a church or parish, and gived instruction in spiritual things.
God and Christ are in Scripture dinominated Shepherds, as they lead, protect and govern their people, and provide for their welfare.
I love this definition. It opens my eyes to Christ being the one who leads, protects, governs and provides for me. After reading this definition, I re-read Psalms 23.
I’m here to tell you that satan, his demons, or nobody else can tell me anything about My God. His record is too Great. I’m forever settled in His love for me and towards me. No more questions. No more doubts. I know His will for me. I understand His purpose/plan for my life.
I encourage you to meditate on Psalms 23. Allow Holy Spirit to breathe on it for you.
Whatever problem or situation you are facing today, know that The Lord is your Shepherd.
There is so much to break down in Psalm 23. Please go and order or download: Discovering the Shepherd by G.E. Johnson. God has given this gifted author such tremendous revelation on this subject.
If you’ve never made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior pray this prayer out loud with me:
I confess that Jesus is Lord. And I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead.
Thank you for coming into my heart, for giving me Your Holy Spirit as You promised, and for being Lord over my life.
That’s it! Welcome to The Body of Christ. You may not feel anything emotionally or physically but trust me, a great miracle just took place in your life.
If you prayed that prayer with me, email me @ email@example.com
There are some materials that I would like to get into your hands. And again, Welcome!!!