The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
There is no good thing that I lack. His provision is enough in life, in my circumstances, in my heart, and no matter how weary my soul may feel. He is more than enough!
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures.
Like a sheep in a field with his shepherd, He leads me to a place where I can rest. I am safe there from the enemy of my soul, for I have a good shepherd and He bids me rest.
He makes me lie down.
He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.
Sometimes you just have to speak amazing truth over your own soul. Remember His word does not return empty. So this morning as I took my morning walk. I past a stream that wasn’t moving and into my mind and then out of my mouth poured.
“He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. He restores my soul! Thank you Jesus that your are restoring my soul!”
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His names sake.
When I listen to His voice, that paths He leads me down will be righteous. No matter how steep, how treacherous they appear or even feel beloved, it is all for HIS name sake. It’s for His glory!
He leads me in paths of righteousness.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me!
Valleys often feel like you are walking in the shadows. It’s almost like the real life happening around you can’t quite touch you. The grief and or hardship has removed you from fully engaging with those around you. But, the good news dear ones is that we can walk through it without being afraid! Do you hear me soul? ( as I speak to myself…) I don’t have to fear any evil! He is with me! And no weapon formed against me shall prosper!
I fear no evil walking through the valley for you are with me!
Your rod and your staff they comfort me.
Shepherds used rods to count, guide, rescue and protect their sheep, while the staff was used for support.
We serve an Almighty God who is not far removed from us beloved. Rather He is right there in the midst of our mess. He is our body guard so to speak hemming us in, guiding us. He is our rescue and in all these ways our hearts are comforted rather than shaken.
Your rod and staff they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed my head with oil.
Because He loves us and rescues and protects us we are so dear to Him beloved that He feeds us. He honors us with anointing oil and He does this in the middle of our enemies and trials! We don’t have to fear remember. He isn’t afraid, He has got this and we can even eat partaking of His goodness.
You prepare a table before me.
My cup overflows! Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!
Not only will He meet your needs and rescue us but He will bless us so abundantly that our cup truly does overflow, into the lives of others. Remember, it’s all for His names sake. We can count on this amazing care for all of our days until He leads us home. To our forever home!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!
I encourage you to read the 23rd Psalm out loud and make it personal. The Lord is my shepherd!
There is such life and truth, promises and HOPE! I have enjoyed going on this Quest for Hope with you beloved. I look forward to anymore days ahead that the Lord would have us gather in this place. This hallowed ground, this holy place because He is present with us, this place becomes holy. His Spirit somehow changes us and my prayer is that we would go out once again with our eyes refastened on Him and His goodness and faithfulness, That we would seize joy and share it with others as the tender gift that it is. Goodnight my readers.