The Provisions of the Shepherd

Today's thought is brief, but I hope you find it to be a comforting summation of the 23rd Psalm.

The author of the following is unknown to me and to the one in whose book this excerpt appears - Ravi Zacharias (in his book The Grand Weaver). But it is an elaboration on Psalm 23, focusing on the riches of each line of this great poem about God’s shepherding of His people. May these thoughts bless your trust in the provisions of the Lord as your Shepherd.

The Lord is my Shepherd - that’s relationship!
I shall not be in want - that’s supply!
He makes me lie down in green pastures - that’s rest!
He leads me beside quiet waters - that’s refreshment!
He restores my soul - that’s healing!
He guides me in the paths of righteousness - that’s guidance!
For His name’s sake - that’s purpose!
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death - that’s testing!
I fear no evil - that’s protection!
For You are with me - that’s faithfulness!
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me - that’s discipline!
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies - that’s hope!
You anoint my head with oil - that’s consecration!
My cup overflows - that’s abundance!
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life - that’s blessing!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord - that’s security!
Forever - that’s eternity!"

To His Glory,
Caleb Cochran

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