The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:1-4 ESV)
We all know these verses and many of us have even memorized them from the time we were children. They are often used as a comfort to those grieving the loss of a loved one. I want us to take another look at these familiar verses in a new light. Lets see them as a prayer!
You, Lord, are my Shepherd. Because of your provision I shall never want. You allow me to rest in safe, comfortable places. You restore my soul. Jesus, You lead me in the path of righteousness so the that Your name may be glorified. Even when I face trials and maybe even death, I won’t be afraid because Your power and Your promises comfort me.
Now we have a better perspective of what David was saying when he wrote this Psalm. It is a song of praise at what God has done and is doing. I believe that if we took a few seconds every morning to thank Jesus for what He has done and is doing in our lives then we will have a better day. I know for a certainty that it is what He wants us to do.
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