Psalm 23:1-6 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, 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 your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
In writing “The Lord is,” David was referring to the God who was, the God who is, and the God who will always be. As we face difficulties in life we need to remember that “God is.” When David called Him “my shepherd” he was describing God as our personal savior. Whatever the circumstances, David learned to lack nothing. The shepherd walks the field with the sheep, taking care of their needs. Whatever trials we face, God helps us to find rest and refreshment by leading us to green pastures and still waters. When we stray God brings us back into the flock, so we can have another chance at a personal relationship with Him.
David had no fear as he walked through the darkest valley. He knew God would be with him and protect him. As we walk in the darkest valley and we find ourselves cut and bruised, we can let Jesus pour His anointing oil on us to protect us from being infected by the negative circumstances that the devil uses against us. Do we know the Good Shepherd, and are we known by Him (John 10:11). We can have the same confidence that David had, knowing that we will be in eternity with the Good Shepherd taking care of our every need.