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 has to be one of the best known sets of verses in the entire Bible. I don't think there's a funeral where it's not read or quoted as a strong source of comfort for the bereaving family because of its peaceful and serene word pictures the loving kind Shepherd who cares for His sheep~tending them and helping them as only the Good Shepherd can. This Shepherd is unlike any other because He has the power to make the needs of the flock satisfied, to restore and bless abundantly in the green pasture of life~
Verse four speaks to me of STRENGTH in days of disaster and trial. I WILL FEAR NO EVIL~for HE IS WITH ME...no matter what may come whether it is the worst of my imagination or a blessing, I can have confidence in the Savior, the Shepherd who is ever present and guiding me. Confidence and security to step out in faith~faith in this Shepherd who never leaves me...Who gives me comfort...a sense of knowing that in the greater scheme of life, ALL is well~
Truely Psalm 23 is well remembered in days of distress and such a source of strength just for today...