Today, my devotional readings brought me to Psalm 23, a most beloved portion of God's Word. On Good Friday, we remember that a sword was awakened against the Chief Shepherd when Jesus was crucified on Calvary's cross (Zechariah 13:7) so that we might experience today and for eternity the intimate, shepherding care of our Lord. … Continue reading Praying through Psalm 23 on Good Friday
Lord, open my eyes to your good and merciful heart today and speak to me so that my soul might be happy in no one else or nothing else besides you! AMEN. Psalm 23:6 - Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house … Continue reading Praying Scripture | Psalm 23:6
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