Psalm 23:1–6 ESV – The LORD is my shepherd

Published On: 8 de November de 2021Categories: Bible Study

God cares for each one of us, just as a father watches over his son and a shepherd over his sheep. God loves us, protects us, corrects us, and guides our paths. No matter how you got here, the Good Shepherd desires to care for your life, your family, and provide victories so that you may experience God’s impossible.

Reflection Plan:

  • In which areas does God desire to care for us?
  • Do we understand that God desires to care for our lives?
  • Are we dependent on God’s care?
  • As sheep, have we obeyed the Good Shepherd?

The Good Shepherd desires that we have a peaceful life, full of peace in His presence, leading us to still waters and refreshing our soul.

Psalms 23:1-6 NCV “The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need. He lets me rest in green pastures. He leads me to calm water. He gives me new strength. He leads me on paths that are right for the good of his name. Even if I walk through a very dark valley, I will not be afraid, because you are with me. Your rod and your shepherd’s staff comfort me. You prepare a meal for me in front of my enemies. You pour oil of blessing on my head; you fill my cup to overflowing. Surely your goodness and love will be with me all my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.”

What beautiful words of comfort and hope we find in Psalm 23! The text reminds us of the constant presence of the Good Shepherd in our lives, guiding us on paths of peace and justice. This promise is comforting, as it guarantees that even in the most difficult moments, we can trust that He is by our side, comforting and protecting us.

The image of lying down in green pastures and being led to still waters brings us a sense of rest and renewal for the soul. The promise that goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives fills us with gratitude and reminds us of the unconditional love of the Lord.

The Desire of the Good Shepherd.

Psalm 23:1 — The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need. This biblical passage brings comfort and hope to those who believe. It reminds us that God is always with us, guiding and caring for us in all moments. When we feel lost or abandoned, we can rely on the certainty that the Lord is by our side, providing for all our needs.

God’s greatest desire has always been to be close to us, loving, caring, protecting and guiding our steps. We can observe what is written in the Gospel of John 10:11 — “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” The Lord Jesus gave His life for each one of us. With His loving, caring and protective gaze, Jesus shows us the way to inherit salvation.

His teachings of compassion and kindness are a guide to a life full of peace and harmony. By following in the footsteps of Jesus, we are inspired to love our neighbors, practice empathy, and sow hope in our hearts and in those around us. May we reflect His light in every action and word, carrying with us the message of love and redemption to all corners of the world.

God, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, is so devoted to each of His children that He remains attentive to guard us in all moments. The greatest desire of the Good Shepherd is that we come to inherit the eternal life that we only reach through Christ Jesus.

When we let God take care of us, we will lack nothing. Matthew 25:21“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.” In the little things, God observes our faithfulness, so that when we reach the great things, we may continue to be faithful just as in the little things.

It is interesting to understand that in times of challenges and difficulties, it is essential to maintain our faith and perseverance, because it is precisely in these moments that our character is shaped and our determination is tested. Understand that God is always with us, observing our faithfulness and strengthening us so that, when we reach the blessings and achievements we long for, we may continue to be faithful and grateful for everything we receive. The race of faith and the journey of life are full of ups and downs, but it is precisely in these fluctuations that we learn valuable lessons and develop the wisdom necessary to face the challenges that arise along the way. It is always important to keep faith and gratitude in our hearts, regardless of the circumstances, whether they are good or bad. Loyalty in small things prepares us to appreciate the great things with humility and gratitude.

Job is an example of faithfulness, both in prosperity and in scarcity. Being faithful to God in all circumstances of our lives allows us to reach what is reserved for us.

As Christians, we should look to the story of Job and his unwavering faithfulness, regardless of the circumstances. Like him, we can learn to trust God in times of prosperity and in times of difficulty. This attitude will guide us to reach the blessings reserved for those who remain faithful, even in the face of challenges. The story of Job is an inspiration that motivates us to maintain our faith and trust in God, even in the most difficult moments.

We owe our loyalty exclusively to God, not to work, to friends, being faithful to Him in times of scarcity, so that, when we reach abundance, we remain faithful.

When we trust the Good Shepherd to guide our lives, we reap many benefits. What will those benefits be?

He is near us 24 hours a day, watching every step we take, every gesture we make. His presence is constant, even if we cannot see it. His wisdom guides us and his love protects us at all times. His care is infinite and his goodness envelops us like a warm embrace. In every challenge we face, he is there, ready to help us overcome it. His presence in our lives is a constant blessing that strengthens and inspires us to be better every day. How fortunate we are to have someone so special always by our side.

He makes us lie down and rise in peace, providing a peaceful rest for our minds and bodies. His presence envelops us in a mantle of serenity, allowing our worries to dissipate and enabling us to recharge our energies for a new day. In his arms, we find the comfort and protection we need to face the challenges that life reserves for us. May his peace be with us always, guiding us in moments of calm and storm.

He frees us from fear, guiding us to the light of courage and hope. When we trust in his strength, we are able to face life’s challenges with determination and faith. His unconditional love envelops us like a welcoming embrace, reminding us that we are not alone on this journey. With him by our side, we can overcome any adversity and move forward with confidence and gratitude.

Psalm 23:2 – “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.”

When seeking a life connected to the teachings of the Word of God, we find a safe place, of rest, green pastures, guided to still waters. These benefits come through intimate communion with the Lord Jesus.

Practicing fasting, constant prayer, seeking consecration and daily reading of the Word open a wellspring over our lives.

Through these spiritual practices, we can nourish our soul and strengthen our faith. Fasting teaches us discipline and detachment, prayers connect us with the Lord, consecration reminds us of our devotion and need for sanctification, and daily reading of the Word brings us wisdom and inspiration. When we immerse ourselves in this wellspring of spirituality, we find peace, clarity, and guidance to face the challenges of everyday life.

3rd When we let the Good Shepherd take care of our lives, He grants us refreshment.

Psalm 23:3 “He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
When we find ourselves discouraged, the Good Shepherd revives and invigorates our strength, telling us that our story is just beginning, bringing provision in seemingly hopeless situations.

God is always guiding us with wisdom and love, illuminating the path even in the moments when we face the dark valleys of life. The Good Shepherd invites us to trust in His guidance and reminds us that we are loved unconditionally. With Him by our side, we find comfort and hope, knowing that every challenge is an opportunity for growth and overcoming.

When we let the Good Shepherd take care of our lives, we face the day of adversity well.

Psalm 23:4“Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

When we rest in God, we do not fear the valley of the shadow of death, for Jesus is taking care of our lives, watching, guarding, delivering.

There is no endless desert, and even in the midst of difficulties, God is present to transform the situation. In adverse moments, we must call upon Him, for the Good Shepherd watches over all who seek Him.

Life is made up of highs and lows, but it is important to remember that in every challenge there is a chance for learning and maturing. We must keep faith alive and hope burning in our hearts, for the path may be steep and the process painful, but the reward always surpasses the difficulties. We must understand that, just as the seasons of the year alternate, difficult moments will also pass, giving way to new possibilities and learnings. Believe that, in the end, everything will fall into place and we will emerge stronger and more resilient from every challenge faced.

The rod and the staff are instruments of God for our lives!

  • Rod: Weapon of defense and discipline, symbol of strength, power and authority of God.
  • Staff: Long rod with a hook, guides the sheep on the right path, keeps it away from danger.

The rod and the staff of the Lord are a certainty of His love and guidance. God corrects those He loves. Being corrected by God is a sign of His love; we must receive His correction and adjust ourselves to His will. Correction is of vital importance, for it is through these corrections that He molds us, refines us, and leads us on the path of good and truth. It is extremely necessary that we accept with humility and gratitude the divine corrections, for in them we find the care and wisdom of the Heavenly Father, who guides us with love and kindness in all moments of our journey.

Psalm 23:5“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

Understand that we live in a world that often questions the existence of God, but that does not diminish our faith and our trust in divine guidance. We believe that we are blessed with the necessary strength to face the challenges that arise in our path.

Our main purpose is to be light in the midst of darkness, to spread love and compassion. John 1:5“NIV. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Darkness only has space when there is an absence of light in that environment. In the darkness of the night, for example, where shadows stretch and silence hovers, the light shines with intensity, dissipating any fear or doubt. It is precisely in the darkest moments that light is most present, illuminating the path and guiding those who seek clarity. The darkness may try to oppose, but the light will always prevail, bringing hope and renewal.

When we let the Good Shepherd take care of our lives, His goodness and mercy follow us!

Psalm 23:6 – “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.”

Regardless of the situation, the believer trusts that the Good Shepherd works for good. Romans 8:28“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Difficulties are steps for progress. Each struggle faced generates experiences to overcome future adversities. All things work together for our good because we love God and are called according to His purpose.

The Good Shepherd takes care of each one of us, observes, collects tears and, at the right time, acts in our favor. Desiring to transform our life, form our character, be in the center of our family, guarding, freeing and healing.

It is necessary to want the Good Shepherd to feed our life. Let Jesus be your Shepherd, correct, take you out of danger and lead you to still waters, changing your story today.

If you are a servant of the Lord, amen! Continue in the presence of God, constantly seeking the Good Shepherd, for He will change the picture of your story for the better.

And if you have not yet lifted your hands to Jesus, call on Him today. Accept Him, ask Him to write your name in the book of life, being totally dependent on Him. Look for a nearby evangelical church, ask the pastor to accept Jesus and allow Jesus to come and be the Good Shepherd of your life. Be dependent on God, and He will bless you. May God bless you greatly now and always. Amen.

May we bring this word of faith to those who have not yet had an encounter with God. If this message built up your life, leave your comment to strengthen our faith and share it on social media to impact more lives through the power of God.

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Written by : Ministério Veredas Do IDE

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