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.
These verses extend the metaphor of the shepherd’s care for the sheep. The Lord lovingly cares for His people. The rod and the staff were used to fend off attackers or enemies of the shepherd. The Lord’s rod and staff are a true comfort; our protection rests in God’s almighty hands. The staff is a symbol of God’s authority.
The image of God as our Shepherd brings comfort to those who believe. The image of God as our Shepherd points to His continue direction, guidance and care for His sheep. “Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” (Psalm 100:3 NKJV) With God as our Shepherd, why should we fear? God is at work at all times in the lives of those who believe in Him. He is there to warn us. He is there to draw us unto Him. He is there to do good for us. God has a definite purpose in all the experiences that believers have in life.
Today, I write again using Psalm 23 as the foundational Scripture because the Lord has been revealing the truth of this passage. God uses every experience in our lives for our good and His purpose. And today, it’s trusting in God; exercising my faith in the Lord. “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” (Isaiah 43:1-2 NKJV) God is the source of all victory, which He grants to those who obey His commands and put their confidence (trust) in Him. This principle holds true in all believer’s conflicts, whether physical or spiritual.
God is our eternal physician, our ultimate healer. In Him I will place my trust. “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.” (Psalm 16:1 NKJV) God says that He will lead me and guide me. God says He is my rod and my staff. The rest is a decision that I have to make; to decide where I place my trust and faith. God is faithful. He has rescued me and has cared for me. He has restored my life and given me eternal life. And there is nothing that I will face that will cause me to turn away from Him. The Lord is my Shepherd and His goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.
Friend, do you have fear? Do you wonder what will happen and how you can endure? Place your trust and faith in God. “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV) Open your heart to understand the power and authority of God. His hand is on the rod and staff that He uses to protect you. God is your restorer. God is greater than everything you might face. Everything!!! “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NKJV)
Dear Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You that You watch over us and protect us. Thank You that we can place our full trust in You. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort us. Your mighty hand is powerful. We shall not fear. You restore us. You are our Shepherd. Thank You Lord that we can place our lives into Your hands. Help us stay on the path of Your will and forgive us Lord when we wander off. Bring us back Lord into Your loving care. We love You Lord. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!