The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me besides the still waters.
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 forever.
The 23rd Psalm is familiar to most of us. We either learned it at an early age or we have just heard it so much that we can recite it without looking in the bible. The past few days, in my quiet time, God has brought this scripture before me to meditate on. In reading the 23rd Psalm, God ever so gently reminds me that He is everything I need. Plain and simple as that, He lets me know that He is my shepherd and with him there is no lack. He gives me peace, comfort, and restoration when my soul is anxious. He gives me time and a place to rest. He provides the beauty of nature for me to look at daily. When evil is lurking near me, He tells me not to be fearful because He is right there with me to shield me from all harm and danger. When others are challenging me and even at times attacking who I am, He covers me with an anointed oil that only He can cover me in. And then, just like that, He blesses me! In my best times and even in my broken times, His goodness and mercy is ever-present.
Plain and simple, He is everything I need!