PSALM 23 (NKJV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want
Help me to have faith for each day and not worry about tomorrow. I know You care tenderly for me, what more is there to want?
He makes me lie down in green pastures
When my days are filled with endless anxiety, I can easily forget You. When there is suddenly a roadblock in my plans, help me to see this as Your gentle
reminder to seek You first, Your will, Your direction. I don’t want to wallow in self-pity because my plans didn’t turn out the way I planned. I want to want only
He leads me beside the still water
Not rushing, turbulent waters but still, peaceful waters reminding me of how much I need that quiet time with You, where I can regain the strength I long for,
focusing on You alone.
He restores my soul
You renew my mind. You revive my will and soothe my emotions, provide healing where I have been so wounded by this life.
He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake
You encourage me to always choose to do the right thing, helping those in need, comforting the elderly, caring for the sick, remembering that I represent You
wherever I may go.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me
When I am afraid, and I fear the darkness will overtake me, I will praise You through the pain. You encourage me to keep on walking,
step by step, out of the shadow into Your light.
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me
A shepherd protects his sheep if they should wander into danger or stumble on their path. You protect me from hidden dangers all around, many that are
invisible. With Your staff You gently guide me back if I should stray from the path of my life. Your love and Your Word comfort me.
You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies
My enemies might be fear, sadness, or the corona virus-You have defeated them all! They are under Your feet at the victor’s table. I will praise You through the
You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows
I have the presence of the Holy Spirit with me because You have anointed me. May Your presence overflow into the lives of all that I meet.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life
Because of Your great promises, because of Your great love, I have hope and I am never alone.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever
I know that when the door closes on today, You will be waiting to walk with me into tomorrow and I will be with You for all eternity!