1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 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.
David was a shepherd as a youth; that’s what he was doing when Samuel came to his father’s house to anoint him as Israel’s next king. David knew by faith that God was a shepherd to him. God was guiding him to safety the same way that David cared for his sheep. Jesus expressed this same idea as given in John’s gospel, chapter 10. “I am the good shepherd, who gives his life for the sheep.”
David says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” God cares for me. It is personal. God is real to me and cares for me, so I will never be abandoned and left to wander all alone. No matter what perils I have to face, I have a strong protector in the Lord. God allows me to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will get past my current trials by the grace of God. There is no evil that can take me away from God’s loving care.
Praise God for these powerful words written so long ago! Thank God for his comfort when we need it most. Keep us strong in your love, O God.
So many people are suffering today, Lord. We pray for those who mourn, for those who have not known your loving comfort, who do not know how to call upon your name. We ask your comfort and your peace upon them. Forgive our sins that create the shadows of darkness within us. Set us free through faith in Christ, to love you and honor you above all others. This we pray in Jesus Christ. Amen.