The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 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.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
These six verses, which are actually all of chapter 23, have been imprinted on my heart. I have decided I want to memorize them, in an attempt to bring them close and have them at hand. The Word of God is so powerful. Jesus even said “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word never will.” (Matthew 24:35). If it is that strong, I want to carry it with me all the time.
But not only for the strength, but for the message. Not only is this a prayer for myself to remind my soul, but it’s also my prayers for those lost out there, maybe even those stuck in “the valley of the shadow of death”, that they would not fear the evils there because they realize God’s presence in their life.
Tonight I am praying for those lost souls to be restored. And if you are reading this, I ask you to take a moment and join me, no matter when you’re reading this. Let’s come together and pray for those we can’t physically reach right now, for those that need God to change their heart as only he can.
But, if there is someone like that who comes to mind, do not hesitate. “Go!” as God commanded Ananias (Acts 9:15) and do not stall. Who knows what your obedience could do? It could save a life, open a door, or cause someone to make a choice. But I can promise you that you will see nothing happen through you if you stay in your safe bubble and don’t do anything.
Tonight is a night to break out. To realize that we are free and show others how God can break their own binding chains. Pray for that person, call them, and then pray some more. You will be amazed in the power of prayer, patience, and obedience.
“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” I pray that these people will be there as well. I pray that you are looking forward to that day. I pray for my patience for that day as well. For now, there are small fights to be won, but our hope lies in Jesus who has won the battle for us and claimed the victory. We are victorious as his children and need to share his hope with others.
If you feel that conviction, don’t hesitate. God’s kingdom is worth feeling like a fool.
And may no one be content until they are wonderfully content in Him.