1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.Psalm 23 (NIV)
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
(Click here for my recent reflections on Psalm 23:4.)
Thank You for the reminder that You care for me and love me. Thank You for Your provision even when I don’t know where it’s coming from. You know what I need, Thank You that I will lack nothing that I need in order to do what You want me to do. You are my source of security, provision, and well-being. Help me to trust in Your character instead of focusing on my circumstances or looking for particular outcomes. Guide me in Your paths as I navigate this season of uncertainty. Show me how to love my neighbor in the midst of disease and fear. Help me to focus on You, my Shepherd, and on Your character rather than the latest news cycle. Thank You for Your mercy and love. Help me to rejoice in the privilege of coming into Your presence.
Make me an instrument of Your love and peace in a world that—for many—has been turned upside down. Above all of these things, though, Lord, I ask for Your deliverance and healing. Please bring this pandemic to an end. Please heal those who are sick, whether in body or spirit. Please provide for those who are facing hardship as a result of quarantines or slowed economies and show me how You would have me be an instrument of Your love. Give our leaders wisdom and discernment and grant safety to those working with people who are sick. Deliver us, Lord. In Your Son’s name I pray, Amen.
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