In times of stress, strain, illness or death, we often find comfort in Psalm 23. Here it is: liThe LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green meadows; he leads me besides the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and staff protect me. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever”[KJV]. The value of Psalm 23 is not just in quoting or reading it, but in truly knowing the Shepherd of whom it speaks. David’s daily contact with God in that green countryside assured him God was His Shepherd the supplier of everything he needed. Today even in urban areas far from the greenery, we can still know God’s presence and help. He still offers His goodness and mercy to follow us all the days of our lives-through dark and dangerous alleys as well as on mountaintops of joy when things are going well.
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