God makes some fabulous promises to you. But one of the best promises of all time is contained in the poetic picture he gives you of being your Good Shepherd.
Psalm 23 is beloved for good reason. Because it promises that no matter how things look to you right now, there is a new reality you need to know about. And that reality is this:
Your Shepherd will take care of you. Because he deeply cares for you.
Your Shepherd will protect you. Because he is with you every step of the way. Every step.
But the best part of your new reality is contained in the promise of the word “And…”
Your Good Shepherd will fill your life with goodness and love. He will do this all the days of your life here, and bring you into his house to enjoy that goodness and love forever.
Now and then, today and forever, for time and eternity, Jesus is your Good Shepherd.
You enjoy his goodness and love. And that’s not going to change. Ever.
“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” (Psalm 23, NIV).
Our Bible reading for Thursday, February 19, is Exodus 25:1 – 26:37, Mark 4:30 – 5:20 and Psalm 23:1-6.
Lord Jesus, thank you for being my Good Shepherd. I know you care for me. So please take care of me. Protect me. And show me your goodness and love now, and in eternity too.
Header image based on "Irish sheep" by Milo, CC By 2.0