The Lord Is My Shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd -Karina's Thought

A few days ago I went to make a visit of condolence the wife of my manager who suddenly passed away. According of his story, it all happened so fast, his wife only complained of headaches and breathless, and a few hours later she passed away. I know this is a very hard for him and his children. Losing someone they love is a very sad thing, especially when occur abruptly.

There is one thing that makes me so touched and amazed. He did not show a deeply sadness. He remained strong, calm and smile to each person who attended the mourning service. Even when he gave a speech, he cites a Bible verse of Psalm:The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not lack.”(Psalm 23:1)

This verse spoke directly to my heart and makes me ponder. How far we apply this verse in our daily lives? How far we are able to believing it when we experience pain or suffering? David expresses it short but concise, and very clear. He said that whatever happens, he will never lack. Is it because of his strength, his prowess, ability and endurance? Not at all!  David knew that his strength as a human being is very limited. At certain situations, as good as the human ability will no longer be able to do anything. David could say that he will not be lack because realizing the existence of God as a good shepherd of his life. No more and no less.

Let’s dive deeper to the next verses in Psalm 23. We can see and will feel the greatness of God in His role as the Good Shepherd in our lives, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:2-3) This verse feels so comfort and comforting us. These verses came from David who has so many problems in his life. Many times he faced threats, being chased and eliminated from his own people, many times he faced a life-threatening situation, but he could put his entire life and entrusted to the God’s care. David said it all when he is not in having fun, but his faith is enough to give a sense of calm for believing in God as a good shepherd for him. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Verse 4)  Beside believe that God always with him, David has strongly faith that God also prepare everything that he need. Not only has enough but overflowed.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (Verse 5)

Both in quiet and difficult times, David realized that God will always be with him, so that he could say: “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Verse 6) Very marvelous! It might be easy for us to say these things when we’re in good condition, but how far we can still believing it when the problems are being repeatedly hit us? Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)  Such was the figure of the Shepherd who always protects us as His sheep.  Trouble could come over our lives, but God promises us to still have a life. Not only life but living in all its fullness. Not lack yet in fullness? Yes, right! Although the problems are present in our lives, God promises that His providence could give strength, give relief, protection, give hope, and that’s all He provides not only sufficient but abundantly.

My manager was able to experience how God gave him strength in his difficult times, and he realized that there is no reason for him to be disappointed to God and blame Him. He certainly sad and loses but he also realized though he lost his beloved wife, he believes God still preserve his life and did not show a conclusion that God is not fair. He realized and believes that his wife had gone into the peaceful kingdom which full of joy, where there is no crying and no more suffering again as often we experience in this world. His wife has been in the eternal God’s providence in heaven.

My lovely friends, when we have a situation full of suffering, could we continue to believe that we will never lack the strength? Can we believe that God’s presence will always give reassurance and relief in a heavy burden? When there are events that occur beyond our control, could we rely on unlimited God’s power or we are still busy hanging on our own strength or another human being who have limitation? In any difficult situation, remember that God never leaves us. He will never lose by anything. He said, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:14-15)  These verses show us what a close and beautiful relationship between God as the shepherd and us as His sheep. If we truly comprehend the meaning of these verses and put in the bottom of our heart and minds, why do we have to worry with all the trials and suffering that might happen in our lives?

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37) There are no problems that He could not overcome. Believe that God will not remain silent when we really need his touch. Therefore, do not be discouraged, but always be thankful. Make our relationship with God still close and closer day by day, experience God’s presence and providence personally, until at the some point we can say with full confidence as David said, “THE LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not lack.”  Amen.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Karina

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32 thoughts on “The Lord Is My Shepherd

  1. Amen! A beautiful word of encouragement and hope…..with God nothing is impossible, in the good and the bad times, He remains faithful ~ I pray this family will continue to experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit in every way. Thanks for sharing. God bless!!

  2. “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37) There are no problems that He could not overcome. Believe that God will not remain silent when we really need his touch. Therefore, do not be discouraged, but always be thankful.”

    Wonderful words of counsel!
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Hi Karina, it looks like the Shepherd has been on both of our minds. I’ve been treasuring and meditating on this beautiful psalm most of this year. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it!

  4. Sis, I am so sorry to hear of this loss. But when I hear of such great faith my heart soars. Psalm 23 is such a comforting Psalm. Thank you for writing about it. Blessings to you!

    • Hi sis..
      Thank you so much for reading my post.. I have learned from my manager’s faith so inspired me to wrote a bit about Psalm 23. By the way, how are you. Hopefully everything will be good there..Blessings to you too.

  5. All I could say is Big AMEN! 😉 please tell Him condolence for me…Karin… Yeah, for Christians, when someone goes to the Lord, we are sad for a moment because we will not see them anymore, but still joyful because we know one day we will meet again…

  6. You are right. Trust the goodness of God when trouble comes, not as easy as saying it. But God is our good Shepherd. The one of my favorite songs says : God is too wise to be mistaken, God is too good to be unkind, So when you don’t understand, When you don’t see His plan, When you can’t trace His hands, TRUST HIS HEART.
    Jesus bless you abundantly, my lovely Karin. God will always be with you forever. Love ((hug))

  7. Suffering can destroy our faith or deepen it. My mother endured enormous hardships during her lifetime, yet faced death with great courage, following a long illness. That is an example I will always treasure. ❤

  8. The great Gospel singer, Aretha Franklin recently passed away. Worldwide tributes have justifiably followed. Sadly, I have heard no one comment that she is now with the Lord. Whatever we may accomplish here, the ultimate goal of Christians is to spend eternity with Him. ❤

    • Dear, sister Anna
      I’m sorry don’t know about Aretha Franklin very well especially about her personal life. But yes it was so sad and ironic the gospel singer living in God. Thank you very much for reading my old post, sist. I really appreciate it. God Bless and have a wonderful new weekend.

  9. Despite his strength in public, I’m sure your manager’s primary actions of mourning occurred during his moments alone afterwards. It’s also the best time to converse with God with his wife’s spirit.

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