The Lord, Our Guide

There are many times in life when we need or desire the services of a guide. When people plan trips to unfamiliar locations, they usually employ the services of a guide. Simply put, a guide is someone who shows the way to others. We depend on guides in more areas of life than we choose to acknowledge. When children learn the way to go to school independently, that parent or caretaker is a guide.

Well, in Psalm 23, David spoke about the Lord, his Shepherd. Verses 1-2 AMP says, “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.”  David recognized the qualities of a good shepherd because he had the responsibility to feed, guide, and shield the sheep from danger. David recognized the need in his life and realized the  Lord was his guide.

How did the Lord guide David? David said he was  guided to green pastures. Why? Green pastures speak of provision; the Lord will provide what we need. Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you [who are willing to learn] with My eye upon you.” The Shepherd guides us in making decisions, but we must be willing to be taught by the Lord. In Psalm 73:24 he said, “You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to honor and glory.”  The Lord guides with wise counsel.

When the Lord is our Shepherd, we benefit from his guidance in our lives. There are so many unknowns in this world that are waiting to derail our walk of faith. But our good Shepherd guides us in the way we should go. All we must do is follow.

Thought for Today: Friend, let the good Shepherd guide you.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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