The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil.
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.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
This was the second memory section of the Bible I learned in primary school after the Lord's Prayer, and in the darkness of many nights as a child and later as an adult, they comforted me time and again.
Even though I loved Jesus and asked Him in to my heart at age 9, I didn't truly 'know' Him until 1991 when at age 32 I fell head over heels for my Saviour King and promised to follow Him all the days of my life.
It was only then that I realised He'd been listening as I prayed the Lord's Prayer each night for the past twenty three years, that He'd heard me sing the 23rd psalm over and over when fear and anxiety stormed my life, that He'd caught every tear and done all He could to draw me out of darkness and into relationship with Him.
All that time He'd waited for little ol' me.
For twenty three long years the Lord's Prayer and the 23rd Psalm were my anchors, what I clung to for hope and comfort, but now I embraced Jesus as my true anchor, my fulfilled hope, my greatest source of comfort.
After what seemed like a lifetime crying out with pain, loneliness, fear and uncertainty, Jesus became my healer, my source of living water, life everlasting, goodness and mercy.
This week I read Psalm 23 for the first time in ages and my eyes welled with tears.
Looking back on 26 years walking with Jesus I was overcome with the deepest emotions of gratitude and love for the steadfast assurance of what lies ahead...dwelling in the house of my Lord forever.
I truly pray that you know just how deeply He loves you too and if perhaps you've forgotten, that He would remind you as only a Saviour can.
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, oh what a foretaste of glory divine...
Your sister in Christ,