Gracious Father, at birth we are all launched into a world that is ringed with terror – conflicts, accidents, assaults, disease, violence and death. How easy it is to allow fear to dominate our lives: The fear of rejection, failure, condemnation, pain and death. Thank You that Your sword was awakened against our Good Shepherd … Continue reading A Simple Prayer through Psalm 23
Jesus Christ reveals himself in John 10 as "the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep." A helpful way to read the Bible devotionally is to use the discipline of Scripture praying. Here is O Good Shepherd, We praise You for knowing each of us by name. You are perfectly acquainted with … Continue reading Adoring Our Good Shepherd
Psalm 23:4 says: "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." Matthew Henry expounds this text and JRR Tolkien shares a beautiful story: 1. Because there is no evil in it to a … Continue reading Why are we not to fear death?
Lord, You walk on the vault of heaven (Job 22:14) and on the wings of the wind (Psalm 104:3). Yet, You say that you will also walk among your people… be their God and take them to be your people (Leviticus 26:12). You walked in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day, … Continue reading The God Who Walks with His People – A Prayer
"I shall not want" is the theme of Ps. 23. I shall not lack for: rest and refreshment (v. 2), restoration and righteousness (v. 3), protection in trouble (v. 4), provision in the wilderness (v. 5), and a home to go to at the end of the days (v. 6). More is implied than is … Continue reading Reflections on Psalm 23