The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want….Psalm 23
This is one of my favorite psalms as it is for many people. I had the words memorized as a very young child. When I was young, my siblings and I would visit my mother’s parents. Sometimes my parents would have a small trip of their own and leave us in our grandparents care. We all loved my grandparent’s house. We loved the garden in the backyard and would help pick green beans and lovely raspberries. We loved the outdoors and would run and play hard all day. I remember getting very sore legs, they would ache like the dickens by the evening. I would go to my grandfather complaining of my aching legs. I knew just what he would do. He would sit me down on a stool in front of him, take my aching leg and rub the pain away. While he was doing this, he would recite the 23rd Psalm (King James version), from memory. I have to admit that I loved this treatment so much that I would tell him my legs ached when they really didn’t.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. The 23rd Psalm was also a favorite of my mother’s. Maybe it was dear to her because of her daddy. Shortly after my mom’s death, I took a dress I had made for her to an Amish friend of mine. I asked her if she could take the fabric of the dress and make small hanging quilts for my siblings and for my children as a memory for them all. On the front at my request was embroidered “The Lord is my shepherd”. One of these hangs in our house as a reminder of my mom. I miss my mom so much. She has been gone for 5 years now. I miss my grandfather as well. He has been gone for over 40 years. However, they are both in God’s hands, and that thought comforts me. I have the hope of seeing them again. This Psalm of David was written to remind us that even when we are ” walking through the valley of the shadow of death”, that God is right there beside us.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil: my cup runneth over. How exciting this passage is, how full David’s heart was when he wrote this about our God and Father. I can picture him hiding in a cave, staying one step ahead of his enemies. Writing these words must have been a comfort and a reminder of how much he was blessed by God. The same blessings apply to us.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Goodness and mercy have already been a promise that I have experienced. What an amazing promise that someday I will be in God’s very presence. What a wonderful thing to look forward to spending eternity with God. it is so comforting to contemplate that those I loved so much in life are now with God resting in those green pastures.
God is so good. He knows your needs. He knows the troubles you are facing. He is the God who created you and loves you so much that he sent his own son.