Rest For Your Weary Soul

He makes me lie down in green pastures, and He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.

Psalm 23:2-3


The Bible tells us that our Lord and Good Shepherd leads us so not only are we provided for, we are also at peace, and we are also divinely protected. Even though we walk through a valley of the shadow of death, it will not come near us, and we need not fear evil! Why? Because our Shepherd is with us. Today, we can be encouraged. This Psalm was written by an author who was so tormented, so attacked, and who lived a life being chased down by enemies and consistently came up against what appeared to be the threat of death, yet saw his God, his Good Shepherd, deliver him time and time again. The shepherd takes the sheep to lush pastures and lets them eat and rest there (Psalm 23:2NET). Shepherds, who sometimes hired out their services, were undoubtedly concerned about their vocational reputation. To maintain their reputation as competent shepherds, they had to know the “lay of the land” and make sure they led the sheep down the right paths to the proper destinations. The underlying reality is a profound theological truth: God must look out for the best interests of the one he has promised to protect, because if he fails to do so, his faithfulness could legitimately be called into question and his reputation damaged (Psalm 23:3 NET).

If this Shepherd can be his (David’s) Shepherd and if death does not destroy him, then as we have Jesus as our Shepherd – death does not destroy us. 

I want to encourage you to make this Psalm your own Psalm. Why? Because you share the same Shepherd that he shared. The precious Lord is our Good

He provides me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water. He soothes my fears;

pSALM 23:2

Today’s Prayer: Father, I thank You for those reading this message right now who might even feel like they’re at death’s door. God, I pray You reveal yourself as the Good Shepherd to them, that Jesus is with them, and they need not fear. Father, we thank You for Your healing power and, Your protection is with them, and that every attack of the enemy will come to nothing. We declare healing and wholeness and divine protection in their lives, in their homes. In Jesus’ Name! Amen! 

Today’s Action: One way to recognize God as your shepherd is to think about some of the ways your heavenly Father has provided for you. Take some time to consider all that God has provided for you, recently and over the years. Write them down. Thank God for them. And then ask God to show you how to trust Him as your ultimate provider and giver of life.

He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.

pSALM 23:3

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