I Will Be Your Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.– Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
If you’ve just suffered a serious loss and wake up wondering how you’ll make it to the end of the day, My promise to be like a shepherd to you may seem empty. It can sound like the hollow promise in a “bait and switch” game. With sorrow wrapped around you like a boa constrictor, you can’t sense any purpose for going on.
It’s at times like these that you need to spend more time with Me. Pour out your heart. Be brutally honest. Tell me about your fears. Your disappointments. Your anguish. Your anger. Don’t hold back. You won’t say anything I haven’t already heard.
Remember, I am not surprised by what’s going on in the world. Nor do I stay awake at night, wondering what will take place in the future.
When you allow Me to be your shepherd and heal you, you will be able to get over your depression. If someone has wounded you, you can eliminate vindictive thoughts and stop thinking of ways to get revenge. You can replace regret and agony with gratitude and thankfulness. Imagine living life with joy instead of bitterness. With appreciation instead of anger.
First John 4:18 says “perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” When you allow My love to guide you, you will live to see a better day.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- Read Psalm 56:1-9.
- David wrote these words after fleeing for his life and ending up in a city controlled by his enemies. Have you ever felt like your enemies are after you? How do David’s words offer consolation as you are trying to recover from heartache?