Trusting Our Shepherd: Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 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.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Anxiety, pressure, doubt, tension, angst, burnout. These are all synonyms to the word we know too well: stress. When we experience stress, it affects every part of our lives. Our physical health suffers, our family life falls under tension, and even our productivity weakens all due to unwanted, but seemingly incurable stress. Many have attempted to alleviate stress by picking up yoga, meditating, and spending more time on vacation, but it is inevitable that the stress will return. These attempts flaw because they do not address humanity's most basic need, a love relationship with the one true God who created us, knows us, and loves us.
Psalm 23 is a Psalm of faith and trust that might look familiar to you. keep in mind, stress is not always a bad thing. Stress motivates us to complete deadlines, it pushes us to be stronger, and it helps us appreciate our times of rest. However, when stress heightens we are in jeopardy of relying on our own abilities and our faith in God suffers. We become human"doings" rather than human"beings." Walk with God and allow him to be you Shepherd.
- Believers can be confident that God provides for all their needs.
- We can be comforted knowing that God promises His presence in every life experience.
- Believers can be thankful for God's eternal care for them.