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The Lord is My Shepherd

I will fear no evil

 

The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord is My Shepherd

 

Devotion for Today

I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me. Psalm 23:4

Dear Christian, isn’t it remarkable how God’s Holy Spirit within us makes our hope, joy and peace completely independent of our outward circumstances! We have such a bright light of joy shining within us that even when we are surrounded by the dark, even tragic circumstances that life brings our way, our hearts are joyful and at peace!

How confident, how happy, how calm, how peaceful we can be, when the world shakes to and fro, and the pillars of the earth are removed! Even death itself, with all its terrible influences, has no power to suspend the music of a Christian’s heart, but rather makes that music become more sweet, more clear, more heavenly, till the last kind act which death can do is to let the earthly strain melt into the heavenly chorus, the temporal joy into the eternal bliss! Let us have confidence, then, in the blessed Spirit’s power to comfort us.

Dear reader, are you facing poverty? Fear not; the divine Spirit can give you, in your hour of need, a greater plenty than the rich have in their abundance. You cannot image what joys may be stored up for you in your humble dwelling around which God’s grace will plant the roses of godly contentment.

Are you conscious of a growing failure of your bodily powers? A beam of glory to light up the secret parts of your soul. Are the eyes growing dim? Jesus will be your light. Do the ears fail you? Jesus’ name will be your soul’s best music, and His person your dear delight. Socrates used to say, “Philosophers can be happy without music;” and Christians can be happier than philosophers when all outward causes of rejoicing are withdrawn.

In Thee, my God, my heart shall triumph, come what may of ills without! By thy power, O blessed Spirit, my heart shall be exceeding glad, though all things should fail me here below.

— Adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotional

Prayer

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the many times my doubts and fears caused me to dwell on my outward experiences and to forget the great eternal hope and contentment I have in Christ. Please forgive me for those times when I wandered off and went my own way instead of following your leading. You alone are the way, the truth and the life, and you alone can lead us through the valley of the  shadow of death to those peaceful, eternal springs of living water and quiet pastures of heaven. Help me as I seek to be always faithful to you; help me to discern your still, small voice as I follow you to Your (and my!) eternal home. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Related Scriptures

The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, 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 overflows. Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD as long as I live. (Psalm 23:1-6 HCSB)

Though the cherry trees don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, Though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted, Though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to GOD. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on GOD’s Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I’m king of the mountain! (Habakkuk 3:17-19 MSG)

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes
to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

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