April 18, 2018
Psalm 23…“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” vs. 1
Wow, just repeating this simple verse brings a sense of calm and peace. No wonder so many people have claimed it as their mantra and use it regularly in meditation. Even unbelievers and non-churchgoers are familiar with it–and perhaps even turn to it for support in the unavoidable stresses of daily existence. Shepherds have a 24/7 relationship with their flocks…they travel with them during the day and protect them at night. And the Lord does that for us. And if we happen to wander off to explore where demons dwell we’re not abandoned. Our good shepherd will search until we are found and not rest until we are brought safely home. Everything we need will be provided: green pastures, still waters, restoration, hope in the presence of death. Nothing is left to chance. Of course, some love to resist the shepherd–they claim independence and exalt in taking care of themselves. But, many more love the shepherd’s constant care and compassion. They revel in the sense of security they feel and rejoice in knowing that goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their lives. There really is no need to be anxious or fear the future; we don’t even have to worry if our retirement income is going to run out! No matter what the circumstances, the Lord will take care of us…that’s just what a good shepherd does…and nothing can remove us from that shepherding love.
Thought for the Day: What does it feel like to not have a care in the world?