Is the Lord your Shepherd?

The Psalms have been my go-to in every stage of life. Maybe it is because of my love of poetry and music. Or, it may be because of my Jewish heritage. Whatever the reason, I have found great comfort, encouragement, and wisdom within each chapter.

I have read and reread all 150 Psalms countless times, and each time have discovered new insights and nuggets of profound truth. I often find myself praying Psalm 91 or 139 over our children.

Listening to the Psalms can bring peace and comfort, as we find in Psalm 23,

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.

He lets me rest in green meadows;

He leads me beside peaceful streams.

He renews my strength.

He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley,

I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me.

Your road and your staff protect and comfort me.

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,

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 forever.

When the sea of life is raging and swirling around you, simply pray, “Lead me beside peaceful streams.”

When you feel burdened and overwhelmed by the circumstances of life, simply pray, “Let me rest in green meadows.”

When all seems dark, and discouragement raises its ugly head, cry out, “Renew my strength!”

And the Good Shepherd will hear and answer because He is good and faithful and full of grace.

He offers each of us a gracious invitation to cry out any time, any place, anywhere with the confidence that He indeed will hear your voice.

For deeper reflection, listen to Psalm 23.

Taken from, He Hears Her Voice, by Candy Marballi