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Today, I’m returning to Psalm 23 to remind us of the promises given to us about our Shepherd.

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.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV

I thought I would also share the New Living Translation with you. It is a translation, but uses simpler words and is designed to be understood by younger children as well as adults who need things put in simpler terms. It takes less mental gymnastics to understand doesn’t it?

The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
forever.

Psalm 23:1-6 NLT
What a kind reminder that our Shepherd is present providing for us when we don’t even notice. But He is also there.
In the times that are dark to both comfort and protect. And He promises to continue to be present with us all the days of our lives,
pursuing us with His love…until we go to live in His house forever!
All I can add is an Amen! This sums up the journey of my life with Him!

What about you?

What encourages you about this passage?

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