The Good Shepherd, Psalm 23
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4Yea, 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. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
God’s presence is not as intriguing as His absence. His voice is not as eloquent as His silence. Who of us has not longed for a word from God, searched for a glimpse of His power, or yearned for the reassurance of His presence, only to feel that He seems absent from the moment? Distant. Preoccupied. Maybe even unconcerned. Yet later, we realize how very present He was all along
I have always marveled at the many faces of God. He manifests himself in different ways to different people. How do you see God? Is He God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit, or perhaps you see God as female? Bobby McFerrin is a musician that sings the 23rd Psalm using the feminine, and to hear it opens your thoughts to all possibilities.
The Lord is my Shepard-I have all I need. She makes me lie down in Green Meadows-beside the still waters She will lead. She restores my soul, She rights my wrongs-She leads me in a path of good things and fills my heart with songs. Even though I walk through a dark and dreary land, there is nothing that can shake me. She has said She won’t forsake me- I am in Her hand. She sets a table before me in the presence of my foes. She anoints my head with oil and my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and kindness will follow me all the days of my life; and I will live in Her house forever and ever. Glory be to the Father and Daughter and to the Holy of Holies- as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be- world without end, AMEN.
Daily Prayer: Dear God, help us to recognize you in our lives and listen for that voice within us that is the constant love and support that a parent gives their child. And lo you are with us always – May it be so, Amen. ~Lisa Hordnes