The Lord is my Good Shepherd, I Shall Not Want!
Think about that statement. It is boldly stated with confidence and assurance. There is no worry in the words that have been stated, neither is there any doubt. It is what it is and if you can say the Lord is your Good Shepherd, you too can boldly say, “I shall not want!”
Think about the responsibilities of a shepherd. In the stories I have read, they guide, lead, protect, and feed the sheep. Even when it’s time to trim their coats, the shepherd makes sure the sheep are not harmed in the process.
A few characteristics of shepherds are loving, kind and caring; the Bible even gives an illustration of this in Matthew 18:12-13. It states, “if a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away.”
That’s the love of the Good Shepherd!
He Maketh Me to Lie Down in Green Pastures
He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. I was taught that when you see the “eth” on the end of words like maketh, leadeth, restoreth, it means to continue. This means it will never stop.
God is continuously making me lie down in green pastures, continuously leading me beside still waters, and continuously restoring my soul. The soul is our mind, our will and our emotions, and it is continuously being restored for His namesake. If we would just renew our mind, like the play call in Romans 12:2, He will restore it and once our mind is restored, our will and emotions line up to His will. What a great promise! God cares about every part of us!
I Don’t Fear the Valley of the Shadow of Death
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. God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
God has a perfect plan for the lives of believers and we get to participate in it.
The Shepherd Preparest a Table Before Me
…in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. The table is set, Team, are you ready to eat?
Imagine living the type of life where you are getting better and better, every day in every way and it shows. Imagine reading scriptures like those presented in this article and believing and acting on them (James 2:18); oh, my goodness, the possibilities!
Imagine living a life with no fear. The Bible says in 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” Fear is no match for the power, love, and sound (renewed and restored) mind that God gives.
Goodness and Mercy Follows Me
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. This is my confession, not only today, but every day.
SO, WHAT’S THE PLAY CALL?
The table is set, come eat!
Will you receive the Word of God in this season of your life? Will you prepare to eat at the table that is already set for you? Remember God is love, and He is perfect and as scripture tells us – perfect love casts out all fear.
Are you willing to read the Holy Bible and learn more about God? There is a fantastic abundant life with your name on it (John 10:10), will you receive it?