The Lord My Shepherd

I am leaving today on a two week missions trip. For security reasons I will not be able to post while away, and I can give little information here. I am trusting God to minister LIFE through us during this trip. Thank you for your prayers for our safety. Feel free to look through the past weeks of my blogs and be encouraged. I’ll post again either February 4th or 5th, and will try to prior to this as security permits. May our Shepherd Lord hold you in the palm of His hand!

The Lord My Shepherd

The Lord is my
shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads
me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of
righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my
enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and
mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of
the Lord Forever
(Psalm 23).
The Father sees us as sheep, and He has the role of a
shepherd in our lives. Here are some practical truths about sheep and shepherds
that apply to our relationship with the Lord.
A shepherd knows his
sheep by name
and the sheep train themselves to know the shepherd’s voice.
Sheep are helpless to defend themselves against enemies, and easily wander into
The Father makes us to
lie down in green pastures
. A good shepherd will give his sheep the best
food, and will lead them for miles to the greenest, most lush pastures. Good
food means a healthy flock. Life is sustained by water, and the shepherd always
looks for an abundant source near the grazing field. The Father is Jehovah Jireh to us. He provides us with
everything we need to live in blessing. He’s always looking for the best supply
for all of our needs!
The Father restores
our souls.
A shepherd looks after each sheep, and seeks to make it feel
secure and cared for. The Father wants to minister to us and heal the emotional
wounds that life brings. The Father as our shepherd restores our soul. He leads
us to partake of the engrafted Word that will renew our minds and release pain
from our emotions (James 1:21). He will lead us away from the activities of the
flesh that rob us of peace and inward rest, and He urges us to spend time with
Him so that He can brush away our fears with His comforting Word.
The Lord our shepherd is
with us in times of danger.
The valley of the shadow of death is a gulley
on the side of a mountain that the shepherd and sheep must pass through to get
back home. Animals of prey watch from the surrounding hills for sheep that
stray. The shepherd has a rod to defend the sheep from the prey. On the other
end of the rod is a hooked end that the shepherd uses to grab the sheep by the
neck when they are about to leave the fold. Sheep feel secure from danger as
long as they know the shepherd is nearby to defend them.
The Father prepares a
table before us in front of our enemies
. A shepherd will look for a flat
place in a field where the sheep can lay down, eat lush grass, and rest. As the
sheep eat and rest, the shepherd is ever watching for the prey that seeks to
harm his sheep. The sheep eat and rest in security as long as they can look up
and see their shepherd.
The Father anoints our
head with oil.
A Shepherd will anoint his sheep on a hot, dry day. Oil
soothes the parched skin and brings refreshment in arid eastern countries.
Wounds from brier scratches or snakes bites are cared for by being dressed with
oil. The Father ever seeks to bring healing, health and restoration to our
parched lives.
Our cup runs over.
It’s one thing to have a full supply, but it’s quite another to have so much
that your cup runs over! That’s what our shepherd desires for us as His sheep.
He wants us to have more than enough!
His goodness and mercy
are extended to us every day of our lives.
His mercies are new every
morning! Blessing chases us every day! Allow the Lord to be your shepherd
today. Listen for His voice. Watch for the guidance He brings through His Word
to you. Expect Him to nurture you and care for you spiritually, emotionally,
mentally, and physically. He is a good

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