The Lord will take care of our needs
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside 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 my enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” – Psalm 23
What joy it is to know that at the end of this journey called life, we can look forward to the comfort of the Lord’s house forever. That is what the good shepherd does for us. When we come to the end of life’s journey, he brings us to a safe home.
In that new home we will never experience disappointments, fear, sorrow or pain. No longer will we have to worry about wars, and starvation, and man’s inhumanity to man. Our tears will be dried because we have the comfort of the good shepherd.
Sheep by themselves are defenseless and would die without a shepherd to care for them. They lack the skills to care for or defend themselves from wild and ferocious beasts like wolves.
In the text, the psalmist tells us that God is like a good shepherd. In his care, we will not want for anything. He provides for our daily needs.
We humans go through life struggling to acquire or achieve the riches and perceived comforts of this life. This gives us a false hope of security. However, the riches and the comforts of this life are not the most important things in life. The greatest comfort is the knowledge of being in the care of a loving God who knows our every need.
Like sheep, we humans do not know what is good for us. In our journey through the maze of life, we wonder away from the comfort of the good shepherd. Therefore, without the comfort and guiding of the good shepherd, we wander about aimlessly and weary.
It takes God, the good shepherd, to give us the rest and comfort that we need. It is his goodness and mercy that guide us and steady us when we stumble. He leads us by his word and his spirit.
The fool relies solely upon the things of this world and neglects the Lord, God. When we place God first in our lives, he provides us with what we need for substance. He keeps us in his grace. Therefore, trust in God he will never disappoint you.
That is what the Psalmist David did during his life, especially during the most desperate times of his life. Even though David had many ups and down in his life, he always trusted in the Lord.
More than anything in this life, we need God to provide green pastures and cool waters for us. The best things that we enjoy in this life come from the hand of God. They include our health, strength, our family, our jobs, our wealth our house and cars.
These gifts can be considered green pastures and cool waters. For these blessing we give thanks and praise to God for his generosity to us, undeserving sinners.
Our Lord is so gracious to prepare a place for us in this life and the life to come. We have this assurance, because we know that our redeemer lives.
In this life we might have our setbacks and disappointments. Notwithstanding that, we do not need to fear or worry. The Lord, the good shepherd will take care of our needs.
He provides in abundance, that our cup overflows. The good shepherd gives us peace; a peace which is beyond all understanding. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Drive, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas, or telephone 426-9084; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.
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