By Quiet Streams

Psalm 23: 1-3

“The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need. He leads me to rest in green meadows. He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths bringing honor to His name.’

David paints a beautiful picture of our Good Shepherd in this favorite Psalm known by most Christians and non Christians alike. It depicts our faithful Shepherd guiding His flock along the paths of goodness, while tenderly caring for them each step of the way. The road may be long and rocky and the path may be steep, but the Good Shepherd seeks out the quiet streams to refresh our soul, if we but take time to listen and follow. How sad when we decide to go our own way because we think we know better, or because we refuse to give up the strongholds of sin in our life. Our rebellion leads us to danger zones where the helpless ‘lamb nature’ in us can’t cope, and the peril of death surely waits. We need to cry out to our Good Shepherd with the assurance that He is our Savior, Redeemer and our faithful, all knowing guide who rescues us from the thickets and ledges and edges of despair! With His strong, sure embrace He lifts us and carries us gently back into the safety of His fold where He provides everything we need and where we lack nothing.

Are you caught on the edge today, trapped in the thicket of sin,sitting vulnerable to the enemy? Catch a glimpse of the little lamb in yourself and realize how helpless you are to pull yourself from the pit of despair and the danger and death of sin. Only our Good Shepherd can save you! He cares enough to seek you out, refresh your soul and get you back on track into those green pastures, where the quiet waters run deep with His healing and forgiveness flows freely to redeem, refresh, revive and rejuvenate. What a loving Shepherd awaits to rescue from the destruction that rebellion brings.

He walks your way calling out to you today! Hear His voice and tell Him you need His help and His forgiveness, then prepare to rest at ease with the assurance that our Good Shepherd has all authority and everything that concerns you is under His control.