“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
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.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Psalm 23
David knew a lot about the role of a shepherd.
Before he ever stepped onto a battlefield, slew a giant, or became king, David watched over his father’s sheep.
On two occasions, a fearsome animal came to attack the flock. (One time it was a lion, the other time it was a bear.) Both times, with God watching over him, David fought and killed the beasts, saving his father’s flocks.
Just as he took care of his father’s sheep as a boy, David knew that his heavenly father was taking care of him.
When David was on the run from King Saul, God protected him. He was David’s shelter and his guide, and David knew that he could put his trust in Him.
God is a good and loving shepherd. In a world full of instability, He offers us stability and peace. He is the one who sits on Heaven’s throne and the one who is fully in control. We can trust him with our careers, finances, future, and our dreams. He will never leave us nor forsake us, because He is a good and faithful shepherd.
“He leadeth me beside the still waters”
Sheep do not drink from rushing water. They drink from water that is still and calm. Where, in your life, can God give you stability?
What are some battles in your life that you need God to fight for you?