Psalm 23 (31 July 2020)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

You are with me, and your shepherd’s rod makes me feel safe.

(Psalm 23.4)

Reflect: 

The Psalm begins with the Good Shepherd leading the sheep from the front. Here in the place of darkness the emphasis is on the shepherd alongside the sheep and escorting them through the valley. The rod is an instrument of defence (protection) or sometimes used to rescue sheep, perhaps dragging them out of a river or a thicket.

Respond: 

Whenever you feel overwhelmed today, dwell on these words of comfort. Remind yourself that God is with you today and he cares for you.

Midday Meditation:

Precious Lord, faithful Shepherd, whether in meadows of the brightest light or valleys of the darkest night, may your loving grip hold me secure. Amen. 

(Songs for Renewal)

Evening Reflection:

Our Father, we praise you for the day you gave us! Please guard us tonight and help us wake up ready to be transformed by you tomorrow. Holy Spirit, lead and guide us. We surrender our desire to be in control. Thank you for the joy you produce in us! Amen.

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