A Shepherd King

“The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing. He lets me rest in grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters; he keeps me alive. He guides me in proper paths for the sake of his good name.” – Psalm 23:1-3 CEB

Psalm 23 is the best known and perhaps the best-known passage in all of Holy Scripture. Take a moment and read this short Psalm twice through, perhaps in the Common English Bible translation quoted above. Now that you have read and re-read the Psalm, why do you think it is so well known and universally loved? Think about David’s experience as a shepherd and how that may have impacted the words he put to paper. What, if any, comfort do you find in these words?

As this season of Advent draws to a close, what needs do you have? Are you in need of some “grassy meadows” or “restful waters”? From what “enemies” do you need protection and deliverance? Use the inspired words of King David to help you journal and to provide spiritual refreshment and comfort to your soul.

After you journal and talk about these things to God, ask Him to empower you by his Spirit so that you can look back at them without fear and see His hand at work in your life this Advent season.

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