Monday, January 19, 2009

The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd
I have no wants
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside the still waters
He restores my soul

Psalm 23 is my theme song for this year. It is probably the most read poem throughout history, written by an anointed king of a small kingdom a thousand years before Christ.

David could have composed this poem as a lad during the long hours watching his father’s sheep. Or he could have written it in reflection during his reign as king over Israel.

Sheep are stupid and are desperately in need of guidance. They need a shepherd to guide and to rescue them. Most of us recognize that we really don’t know the path in front of us, and we also are greatly in need of a loving shepherd to guide us. The Lord is my Shepherd.

I’ve had an issue lately that I have been wrestling with, robbing me of peace. Last night I wrestled with an angel during my sleep, asking for peace. Jim said I talked in my sleep all night. He thought I was arguing with him. After rebuking an evil spirit this morning, peace from God descended upon my being. I am still praising the Lord and feel calmness and direction.

I have no wants. I have so many wants and needs that I worry about. I don’t need anything but my Shepherd. He will take care of me and those around me.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. I don’t always want to lie down in comfort in the meadows of spiritual food. I want to roam around, stumbling over rocks, taking a chance on going over a cliff. But the Good Shepherd makes me rest and to eat. He leads me to drink holy water.

He restores my soul. I feel so good, so at peace, that I am restored and ready for the day. My natural response is praise.


Jody said...

This was my passage for this past year while going through the death of my dad. He does restore our souls and I am praising Him.

Gigi said...

Vicki, I hope you find resolution soon with the issue that is weighing so heavily upon you...but while you're "wrestling," the strong arms of the Lord and His comforting Word make a good resting place.

texasdaisey said...

Very moving post. You always seem to post just what I need. I left an award for you on my blog. Blessings.

Vicki said...

Hi Jody,
Isn't it amazing how the Word feeds us whatever our circumstance. I am convinced that the "needy" state concerning our relationship with the Lord, seems to be ever present. I NEED Jesus, His guidance, His love, and His interpretation of this existence.

Vicki said...

Hi Gigi,
In this world you will have serious troubles, but be happy anyway because I (Jesus) have conqueored the world. John 16:33
I'm always struggling through something, and I'm still happy.

Vicki said...

Hi Debbie,
Thank you for mentioning my site in your charming blog. I love the pictures.

satire and theology said...

Hi Vicki,

I pray for peace for both you and Jim and for the same for myself.


Randi Jo :) said...

this is my husband's favorite psalm and I loved your words with it :) God bless

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Great Grandfather Humes
Great Grandfather, Charles Humes, started the family interest in trucks. He is in the center of the picture and Great Grandmother, Eva Humes, is to the left of him.