by Yolanda K. Edwards
Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord
Our family recently suffered a terrible loss with the death of my 33 year old cousin. Grateful that it wasn’t to violence, but a painful loss nonetheless. It’s one thing to offer words of encouragement, send condolences, and pray for others who have suffered the loss of loved ones, but it’s entirely different when it hits closer to home.
Trying to make peace with the loss and trying to find comfort, I went to one of the most popular scriptures that people refer to when dealing with death, Psalm 23. What I discovered was nothing short of amazing to me. God allowed me to view this passage in a different light.
David wrote this passage out of his experience of shepherding sheep, but it was meant as an analogy to encourage us, to let us know that God consistently renews our strength, guides us along the correct path in this thing called life, walks with us through our toughest times and darkest valleys. He protects us at all times so there is no need to live in fear, even fear of our enemies, because God has the power and authority to bless us beyond abundance, all for His Glory.
Something to think about: If we open ourselves up and surrender our everything to Him, He’ll do all of that and more. He’ll make sure you live forever in His presence, in eternity with Him.
Prayer Starter: Lord, I honor you, I bless you, and I exalt you. Thank you for your new mercies each day. Thank you for consistently renewing my strength, for prompting me to make the right choices and the right decisions. Thank you for walking with me and comforting me as I am at my lowest of lows, through valleys that I’ve never known can be so dark. Thank you for allowing me to abide under the shadow of your protection…
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