Read Psalm 23:1-6
- 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.
David finishes this chapter with, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Notice how David sums up this chapter. After all that he has done to describe the Lord as the Shepherd he says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” In other words, if I truly believe that the Lord is my Shepherd and all the ways that I described Him as a Shepherd, then goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The truth is we have to make a decision. Is the Lord your Shepherd? If you make a decision to follow the Lord and accept Him as your Shepherd, then you choose to follow Him wherever He leads.
Choosing Christ takes Faith. Faith means that even though you may not see God you believe that He exists. We can look around and see the effects of God. We can look all around us and find things that we may not see, but because of their functions we believe they exist.
Faith is what has brought many individuals through difficult times.
- Noah had faith when he built an ark to save his family from a flood that would come from rain that he had not yet heard of.
- Abraham had faith believing that God would provide the sacrifice to replace his son that God had told him to take and sacrifice.
- Moses had faith to believe that God would part the waters when he stretched his staff over the Red Sea.
- Joshua had faith to believe that the walls of Jericho would fall down when they marched around the wall.
- Gideon had faith that he could conquer the Midian army with just the 300 men that God left him with.
- Samson had faith that God would give him one more chance to strike down the Philistines when he stood between the pillars that held the building up.
- Esther had faith when she stood before the king that God would save her people.
- Nehemiah had faith when he went to rebuild the wall that God would bring the people together to help him do it.
- Mary had faith when she accepted the calling of being the mother of God.
- Joseph had faith when he took Mary as his wife.
- We can see the faith of the believers. Even when they could not see how their circumstances would turn, they had faith that God would see them through their situation.
God will take care of us. He will get us through everything that we are faced with. We just have to have faith and believe that he will do it.
How often do we truly have faith? Do we truly lay our life in his hands? How hard do we try to hang on to it on our own? We can look at different people and see that when they tried to take their life in their own hands, that is when they got themselves in trouble.
- Remember Adam, when he decided to listen to the woman and not to God, that is when he was kicked out of the garden.
- Remember Abraham, when he decided to take Sarah’s maidservant Hagar as his wife and not wait on the promise from God is when he got in trouble and Hagar and Ishmael were banished.
- Remember David, when he decided to stay home from battle is when he slept with Bathsheba and had her husband Uriah killed.
- Remember Jonah, when he decided to not go to Ninevah is when God had a fish swallow him up to get his attention.
The truth is God has a great plan for us, but when we decide to do things our way is when we get out of God’s will and our life falls a part. We need to choose faith and believe that God has our best interest in mind. I don’t know about you, but I choose faith. I choose the Lord to be my shepherd. I know that what David wrote is true.
The Lord is MY shepherd, I shall not want. He makes 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 names sake. Thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. His rod and His staff they comfort me. He prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies, He anoints my head with oil, my cup runs over. And since I have accepted the Lord as my Shepherd, then goodness and mercy will follow me the rest of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.