Tuesday Thoughts

The Lord is My Shepherd by Virgil Stripes

Psalm 23:1-6 (ESV)

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.

We are certainly all aware of the 23rd Psalm. We learned it as children (at least anyone who grew up in the church did). I read a breakdown of this beloved psalm once or twice that was written by a Basque Shepherd. I am pretty sure it was in Reader's Digest. He explained what this psalm meant to him as a shepherd, and it was excellent. I don’t recall much of it, as it was a long time ago, but there are a couple things that stuck with me.

Sheep are skittish. They will not drink from a fast moving, or noisy stream. The water must be calm. This way they can still hear if something is approaching them that is a danger to them.

Sheep frequently get injuries to their heads from brambles or other sharp things as they are eating. The anointing of oil soothes their wounds, removes things stuck in the wool, and helps expedite healing of the injuries.

In a sense, we are all sheep. We trust our Shepherd, Jesus! He will protect us from the evil one. Thank you Jesus for caring for us, and bringing us back into Your sheepfold.

There are many videos on YouTube about the 23rd Psalm. Here is a short, but a nice one.


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