The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23 is one of my favorite psalms, one of the first I learned as a young child. I love reading the Psalms because they not only share a comforting sense of peace, they also speak honestly about life. They don’t sugar coat things, nor do they ignore that the world is full of dangers and challenges. When reading the Bible it can seem like things don’t match up or things aren’t real, because things are so different now in 2012. Yet, reading the Psalms, it seems like much less time has elapsed.
I don’t know what you’re going through today, but I do know that I have hope in you. I believe that you can get through whatever challenges you’re facing. Be comforted knowing that you have the reassuring words of the Psalms to read, an attentive God you can pray to, and lots of people who would be happy to help you in your situation.
I’d love to pray for you and your situations today. Would you share them with me?