Saturday, 03 December 2011 00:00
Psalm 23 has been one of the best-loved texts and brightest jewels of the Bible. It's timeless truths are us up-to-date as tomorrow's newscast.
The psalmist does not refer to the Lord as “the” shepherd, but rather as “my” shepherd. He speaks with confidence about the Lord's knowledge of and personal care for him.
When our energies are spent and our spiritual resources seem exhausted, we need replenishment for our soul. “He restores my soul” is the assurance of the Lord's provision for our renewal. Our Good Shepherd will renew our inner resources, lift our spirits, and enable us to go on.
Death, called “the king of terror” holds no fear for the one who is in the Shepherd's care. With the psalmist we affirm, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”
“Walk” indicates movement. Death is not the end but a continued progress in the plan of God. We do not stay in death but walk through its valley. Death is but a passageway to the new, bright, shining world where out Good Shepherd leads us. (Psalm 23 reads:
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul, He guides me in the 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 everflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
This radiant psalm reminds us that death is not substance but shadow. To create a shadow, there must be light. We look beyond the shadow to HE who is “The light of the World.” The psalmist affirms, “I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”
Fear of death is eclipsed by the presence of our Good Shepherd, whose peerless gift is eternal life. We can walk through the valley of the shadow of death holding the hand of our Good Shepherd.
Remember Christ's resurrection solved the riddle of death. Whatever the future holds, we are in His hands. We can rest in the Good Shepherd's hands.
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR.
(Source: When Life Gets Tough – Henry Gariepy)
By: Bro. Paeng Santos
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