I Shall Not Fear

One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 23:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He guides me in the 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 have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

This psalm has been memorized by a lot of people over the years as a comfort in times of trouble or doubt.  But is it true?  What does it really mean?

As a born-again believer, I am His child and He is my Savior and Lord as well as my shepherd.  He leads and guides me in green pastures and still waters and restores my soul in peace and hope and faith in the difficult times.  When you or your loved one is face-to-face with the overwhelming realization of mortality in a medical situation which seemingly has no cure or remedy in the physical realm, God is there with you as you walk through the valley of the shadow of death.  All of the “what ifs” are blotted out by His righteous and merciful presence. His rod and staff keep you on His path for your life and leads you through the uncertainties of the shadow of death and gives you His sustaining peace that surpasses all understanding as you wait upon the Lord’s timing in all things.

All of my enemies can never have victory over my life because God has prepared a table for me in front of all of them and has anointed my life with the oil of His Holy Spirit.  My cup overflows and will never run dry because my shepherd always takes care of me.  I trust Him with my life and the lives of the people I love!  Trust Him in all things because He is trustworthy!!