The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in 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 anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23
What a 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. Amidst the storm and turmoil, the Good Shepherd gives us peace and comfort. Yes, he provides green pastures and quiet waters for us.
At the end of life’s journey, he brings us to a safe home where we will never have to feel pain. We will never have to worry about wars, and starvation, and man’s inhumanity to man, nor sorrow. Our tears will be dried. Finally, we will live in the presence of the Lord forever.
The text teaches about sheep and the Good Shepherd. Sheep are silly creatures. Without a shepherd, they would probably die because they lack the skill to care for and defend themselves against wild beasts. Without the shepherd, wild beasts, such as wolves, would prey upon them.
We, too, are like sheep. The devil and his agents prey upon us like the wild animals would upon the sheep. However, when we rely upon the Lord, he protects us from the devil and his cohorts. The Lord Jesus is our Good Shepherd.
The psalmist tells us that God is like a Good Shepherd. He provides our daily needs. It is comforting to have the assurance that we are in the care of a loving God. This loving God knows what we need, and he provides for that need.
This same God who provides rain over the godly and ungodly, provides us with what we need for substance. His grace is sufficient.
He will never disappoint us. That is what the psalmist David knew. That is why he was able to pen such a psalm as this.
As we journey through life’s maze, we do not need to get weary. God leads us by his word and his spirit, and in them we find rest and comfort for our soul.
Like the sheep, we need God to provide green pastures and cool waters for us. This is the path which the saints desire to travel. This is a safe path.
When we are being led by God, we are on the right path. It is the way to salvation.
I have been lost many times while traveling by road. What joy it is when I find my way and get back on the right path. That is the feeling of the saints who walk according to God’s word.
Even in the face of all adversity, we have the assurance that our Lord Jesus is guiding us. Most gracious is the Lord. He has prepared a place for us in this life and the life to come.
In him, we all have the assurance that we will inherit the kingdom of God. This is what the Good Shepherd has done for all who place their trust in him.
We may have our setbacks in this life, yet we know that our needs will be taken care of. Therefore, we should not worry.
Our enemies may gloat but they will not win. Our God is in our corner. We should not fear because the Lord, the Good Shepherd, provides for and protects us. 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.