He leads me beside still waters.
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He restores my soul. Psalm —4. You can see why this passage is so beloved. But this mighty, unapproachable God has also pledged himself in love to his people. Because God cares for us, we have no need for fear even in the midst of grievous suffering. Psalm —6.
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This shepherd who cares for us is not weak—he is the king of the world, who richly provides for us from his abundance. The prophet Ezekiel declares this indictment on behalf of God:. Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.
But they were corrupt. Instead of feeding the sheep, these leaders just fed themselves. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.
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God steps into the breach where men fail. In a broken world that has destroyed itself, God himself will shepherd his people. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Jesus is making a bold claim there. By applying this image to himself, Jesus is saying that he is God.
He is both the shepherd and the door of the sheepfold—meaning that he is the only way to salvation. His claim is proved by the miracles throughout his ministry, and ultimately in his death and resurrection. Jesus is our good shepherd because he lays down his life for us. Psalm 23 comforts us with the assurance that God is with us through the valley of the shadow of death. We only understand this fully when we look at Jesus.
Another ancient custom of a host was to anoint the heads of guests with oil as they prepared to eat.
The Lord not only supplies our needs but blesses beyond the measure we can contain. We can count on his unfailing love every day for as long as we live. His gift to us is eternal life, and we will be with him forever. Compare in several popular Bible translations :.
King James version A Psalm of David. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's 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 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 runs over. 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 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.
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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. Share Flipboard Email. Mary Fairchild is a full-time Christian minister, writer, and editor of two Christian anthologies, including "Stories of Cavalry. Updated April 26, The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
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,. Psalm Continue Reading.