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40 Prayers for 40 Days Day 29

Monday—Week 6
Psalm 23

Shepherd Me, Lord

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 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 love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

The Shepherd Psalm is perhaps the best known and most frequently quoted of all the Psalms. It is used at many funerals and memorial services. It is read in times of struggle and distress. It is a prayer that brings comfort and speaks peace when the heart is troubled. The words of the Psalm remind us, we do not have to journey this way alone. God, our God, is with us. He is on our side and working in the very middle of our dark situation!

As we pray this Psalm, listen to the words. We read, “… you are with me…” Our God does not abandon us to our enemy! Again, “… your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” The shepherd’s rod and staff provide protection from wild animals, extending the shepherd’s reach to keep his flock from harm. The Psalm continues, “You prepare a table before me…” The shepherd brings his flock to the best grazing pastures, where they can safely graze to their heart’s content.

The prayer concludes with the words: “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” The shepherd brings his prize sheep into his home. There the sheep find true peace and the ultimate security.

Remember Jesus’ words: “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me…” (John 10:14)

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