Because You are with me, I will fear no evil.

Well known. A favorite. A familiar comfort of all time. Psalm 23. Could it be the bottom line? The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want . . .

Relationship. Relationship. Relationship. “The Lord is my Shepherd . . .,” emphasis mine. Is He mine? That is the question. Do I live believing words of this kind?

Today can be the first day of the rest of my days. I can decide here and now that He is mine. And I am His.

I acknowledge Him now. He is God. I humble myself that I might agree with Him and believe in His Son.

One time I believe for salvation, but each new day, a choice must be made to trust Him and His direction. 

But the thoughts and emotions from this world’s ills has me spinning so often or paralyzed still.

In the world, so much is wrong and full of pain. We often blame God, and that, for . . . everything. 

But God. What beautiful words.

But God is bigger than all this. He allows things to happen that might make me lie down. 

It’s tragic and horrid, yet God makes me still. With a Psalm most familiar, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul. “

I can’t restore. But, He restores my soul. Let God arise and my mind think straight. Let my heart keep beating in the midst of this world’s craze.

Join me, right now, out of your comfort zone today.  Even in the midst of chaos, confusion, and strife.  Let us recite Psalm 23 aloud now and throughout the day. 

Let familiar words be right on our tongues, that the theme of our day will be, “because You are with me, I will not fear.” Let us overcome!

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
 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.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.”

My cup runs over. For You are with me. I am comforted by You in a miraculous way. I am followed by goodness. I’ve been given mercy. I live now in a house of love. 

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me.”

This is it- the bottom line. Secure. Faithful. Steadfast for all time.

 

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Author: tonirypkema

Wife to 1, mother of 11, daughter of 1. "The most amazing woman in the world." -Jared (son)

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