Isn't it comforting to know that there is someone that looks after you and tends to your needs. Someone that watches over you and rushes to fight for you if any harm comes to you. I think we all need a shoulder to cry on and comfort us during times of worry; anxiety or uncertainity.
Reflecting on the verses below assured me of the goodness of God and someone in whom I can firmly place my trust when I am afraid or anxious.
vs. 3-6 says 'He restoreth my soul: he leadeth 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 thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
As I mentioned above, I had been feeling overwhelmed with work and thinking about my job and whether it was the right place for me to be and what my next steps should be.
These are some issues that people face on a day to day basis. Sometimes these issues can be marital; financial or difficult family relationships. It can also be hard to talk things over with friends or family and some people resort to bottling things up and/or drinking heavily or taking drugs, contemplating suicide which can sometimes have devastating outcomes.
I found inner peace, joy and strength after reading Psalm 23. Knowing that I could sit down and converse with God, talk over my problems and rise up feeling contented and unafraid was very uplifting. What also helped me was faith - after reading God's word, I believed what I had read and had faith that this God who is my shepherd would truly lead me beside quite waters and provide me with the inner tranquility and quietness of spirit I was seeking.
I began to imagine a real shepherd on a farm tending to his sheep. When one sheep gets lost, the shepherd will leave the others behind and go in search of the one lost until it is found. And I thought about God, what would he do? Exactly the same, He never leaves us alone, we may not physically see Him but He is always present in our lives, listening and guiding us.
vs. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Even though I was walking around feeling overwhelmed about careers, what the future looked like, vs. 4 really spoke to me, here God was telling me that despite anything I might be facing I should not fear because God is right there in the midst of our problems.
vs. 6 goes on to tell us that 'surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever' -
God is merciful and kind, sometimes it is difficult to understand the goodness of God. His ways are so different to the ways of man. He gave us His own Son, Jesus who died on the cross for us and shepherds us on a day to day basis.
Psalm 34:15 'The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry'. We can be confident that whatever we are going through God is right there with us. He never fails us.
As in vs. 5 He prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies and anoints us with oil, our cup runneth over. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. In order for us to live victorious lives, we need the Holy Spirit to strengthen us.
Heavenly Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit today I ask in Jesus name.
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My situation was quite over-whelming but this changed as a result of prayerfully reflecting and praying Psalm 23 and I will be leaving this message here for 3 months. I pray it will touch you, bless you and above all that God will fill you with His peace and Holy Spirit so you can be strengthened in your inner man and be able to withstand in times of turmoil and anxiety. Amen.