Perhaps one of the most famous Psalms is Psalms 23. In it, God paints for us, through David, the kind of relationship He wants to have with us.

“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.” Psalm 23:1-3

What a beautiful picture. But what makes this picture even more beautiful, is knowing who is responsible for the rest, provision and guidance.

It is He. He makes us to lie down in green pastures. He leads us beside the still waters. He restores our soul. He leads us in the paths of righteousness. It is all He.

And what is our role in all this? As the shepherd leads the sheep, what do sheep do? They follow. So what is our role? Yes, follow. And what will be the effect on our lives? We shall not want.

It is indeed uplifting and comforting to know that as long as we follow our Lord Jesus Christ, He will do all the leading and providing and restoring and we shall not want.

But what happens when enemies come? What will Jesus do? The rest of the Psalm answers that.

“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.” Psalm 23:4-5

When enemies come, Jesus comes closer. The third person ‘He’ becomes second person ‘You’. Jesus does not depart in times of trouble, He comes even closer.

And finally, God assures us that when we follow Jesus,

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.” Psalm 23:6

So, beloved child of God, let us follow Jesus and start seeing His provision, protection and rest in our lives.

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