Yes, I know I have recently shared about Psalm 23, but it has really been a touch point for me lately. Here’s a little glimpse into why:
Some of you know that our youngest and her little family are taking off next month on their first RV adventure. Though I’ve been so excited for them, I’ve also had some fears creep up. My momma heart sometimes feels worried for their safety and some other things. As I’ve been reading in my small group study (Tony Evans: Kingdom Heroes) about how the heroes of our Christian faith did things afraid as they trusted the Lord and His plans, I have come to realize that my fears are irrational. Why, you ask? I’m not focusing my thoughts above and trusting the Lord that these kids love and serve, will protect them on their journey. I have humbled myself a lot the last few days in remembering: He is the good shepherd and His rod and staff will guide and protect them.

How could I not feel and believe this to my core, of my gracious and wonderful Heavenly Father? Because my flesh is weak and sometimes I still feel like I need the control to feel empowered. But isn’t it just like the Lord to remind us of our nakedness and vulnerability in situations like this? I mean, think about David’s position in Psalm 23. He is King, he was a shepherd, David knew that a shepherd’s job is to keep his flock safe from harm. David was also a man after God’s own heart. He recognized his need for a shepherd over his own life and trusted the Lord to walk with him through his dark valleys and hard times. Those times are hopefully few and far between for you, but they are promised. With the Lord as your shepherd; you can know that His rod and staff are there to comfort you all your days. The good ones, and the bad ones. Won’t you let the good shepherd restore your soul?

Psalm 23 in its entirety:
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
  he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
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 overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

What fear are you experiencing today? Do you need a reminder of the protection of our good shepherd? Psalm 23 is a good place to focus that fear!

Be blessed!
Carol Frear
Life Church Vineyard Administrative Assistant