The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even 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 overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Recently, the Lord has called me into a type of suffering that I never thought I would have experience again in my life. I am tempted to be devastated, I am tempted to doubt the sovereignty of God and wallow in the pains of this brokenness. But my faithful God has preserved me and given me the grace to suffer well.
God’s people are promised the immaculate peace that is described in Psalm 23. Laying down in green pastures, restoring our soul beside still waters. Even in the presence of evil, total comfort; total serenity. A cup overflowing with blessings even in the presence of enemies. Goodness and mercy that chases you for eternity. Being led through a path of righteousness, even when a valley of the shadow of death engulfs you.
Where else might you be looking for comfort and peace? It will not satisfy you. Whatever cripples you now, whatever enemies may engulf you, do not fear. Be comforted by the power of your Shepard’s staff. The shadow of death may be upon you, but Goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life.
I urge you, brothers and sisters, allow the Lord of Creation to breathe new life into your wearied soul. Cast your suffering and your darkness upon Him, allow Him to vanquish it. And then rest in the green pasture He has provided you and hear the still water of a peaceful soul.