Speak Lord; I’m Listening – Daily Bite-Size Encouragement – Day 22
Psalm 23 is a song accompanied by a stringed instrument. King David is expressing his confidence and trust in the Lord as a Shepherd who leads well. This psalm describes the real world of David as a shepherd boy as he was still before the Lord, yet symbolically expresses David as a man being led by His Shepherd and King.
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.
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.1
Thank You, Lord, for being a gentle Shepherd that leads, guides, feeds, and protects us. Thank You, Lord, for conducting us to places of refreshment in Your Presence. You, O Lord, satisfy us! Thank You, Lord, that we can be still – we do not need to strive – for You supply for all our needs. Thank You, Lord, for providing a way for us by Your righteous Blood.
Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Even as it is written, for Your sake, we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter.
Yet amid all these things, we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.2
Thank You, Lord, for being with us in the darkest times. And when the darkness seems to hide Your face, we know that You are always with us for ‘You never leave us, You never forsake us.’3 We chose to sit still and wait for You – waiting is an active move of faith that we believe You are who You say You are and that You will come and meet us in our time of need.
You know when we ‘rise up and sit down’ as we sit still before You. You are ‘intimately acquainted with all our ways.’ And the ‘darkness will not overwhelm us, for even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.’ For ‘You are Light, and in You there is no darkness at all.’4
Hallelujah! Nothing can separate us from Your love! Oh, to be still in Your incredible, majestic Presence. There is none like You, O Lord, and we worship, adore, and exalt You. We love You, Lord, and thank You for choosing us to be in Your family. We love You. Amen.
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1 Psalm 23 AMPC
2 Romans 8:35-39 AMPC
3 Hebrews 13:5 NIV
4 Psalm 138 NASB; 1 John 1:5 NASB
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