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Psalm 23 – Part 7

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Psalm 23, Part 7
a Psalm of David

1 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 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
.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall
dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23:1-6, ESV

We’re concentrating on verse 4 today in our study of Psalm 23. Picture the shepherd leading his sheep through a peaceful, quiet valley but on both sides of the valley are treacherous cliffs, falling rocks and potential landslides, an approaching storm, and the sound and threat of wolves nearby.

Shepherds during Bible times would take the sheep into the green pastures and by still waters before leading them back to the sheepfold usually protected with a rock wall on all sides and a small opening big enough for the sheep to enter and for the shepherd to lie across, as sentry guard. During times of travel the sheep could encounter danger. The Psalmist draws on his personal experience when he gives us the picture of the gentleness yet strength of the shepherd who protects his sheep.

Even in the midst of the shadow of death, the shepherd’s rod and staff provide direction and clarity, safety and protection. Even when howling wolves are within view appearing as the shadow of death, the sheep stay protected as they gather around the shepherd. He fends off anything that would try to hurt the sheep. They recognize his voice and won’t follow another shepherd.

Notice that the Psalmist said there is no need to fear when the shepherd is near. I believe that fear is one of the most active devices the enemy uses to keep us from walking in God’s supernatural provision. When we fear more than we believe God, our focus is wrong. God’s ability is far bigger than anything we encounter in this life. Our God is able to do exceeding abundantly above and beyond what we can ask or even think because of His power working in you and I. That’s God’s grace. That’s God’s supernatural provision through Jesus. When you factor in all that Jesus has given you, you win every time; and anything that comes against you must leave. Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4;18). That’s the perfect love of Jesus for you. When you receive and embrace His love, you’ll not walk in fear.

God is able to make all grace abound to you in every situation you face in life. He is more than able. Draw on His ability, His power, His love and grace today for what you need. He’s gently leading you into His goodness so you can enjoy ALL of His provisions today and in all of your tomorrows.