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My Shepherd

Anchor Devotional - 08.03.17


“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”

Psalm 23:1-2

As a teenager I traveled with a friend by train across Canada from Ontario to Alberta. Wide-eyed, I sat with my nose pressed against the window. Even during the night, I was peering into the darkness, hoping to capture every possible glimpse of the pristine northland and the sweeping prairies.

My companion missed the beauty because she was occupied with getting organized. Throughout the three-day trip, she packed and repacked her carry- on bags, expecting that soon she would sit back and enjoy the view. But she never did.

Like my friend, we may grow fretful when life does not conform to our tidy plans. If we focus only on our frustrations, we miss the thrill of a spiritual adventure with our Good Shepherd.

Notice the constant reference to the present in Psalm 23. The Lord “is”; He “leads”; He “guides”; He “prepares.” Right now—this minute—you can have fellowship with the Lord. There’s no need to wait until you put your life together. He is ever-present to care for you, no matter how unorganized your day may be.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 23

Insight

Do you trust that the Lord is your ever-present Shepherd today? He is pursuing you with His steadfast love.

Read the Bible

  • Nehemiah 5-6
  • Psalm 33
  • Mark 12