Tuesday, 21 July 2020
Title: The Lord is My Shepherd
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Psalm 23.1-6

The pandemic and current natural disasters like flooding and earthquake in many countries are impacting all individuals as well as communities.  The very fabric of daily life is changing right before us. We are living in unprecedented times. We are living with much uncertainties, anxieties and fears.  In the midst of all these gloom and doom, God is inviting us to allow Him to lead us through this “valley of the shadow of death.” We don’t have to travel alone through this life’s journey. He wants to walk with us as we put our total trust in Him.

Let us reflect on the implications of Psalm 23 in all of our life, may it be on the mountain top or down in the darkest valley.

“The Lord is my Shepherd.”  It talks about a personal relationship between a sheep and its Shepherd. We are not a number. He knows us by name.

“I shall not want.”  The Shepherd is the source for all our needs. In Him all our needs are met.

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures.”  The Shepherd provides splendid contentment and rest.

“He leads me beside the still waters.” The Shepherd provides cool, peaceful refreshment.

“He restores my soul.” The Shepherd provides revitalization and healing.

“He leads me in the paths of righteousness.” The Shepherd will personally lead and guide us to do His will.

“For His namesake.”  He gives a purposeful direction in life.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” Our life’s journey will inevitably take us to some testing in the darkest valley, even to death!

“I will fear no evil.”  The Shepherd will give us the confidence and protection in the darkest and lowest points of our lives.

“For you are with me.”  What a promise! Our Shepherd will constantly walk beside us.

“Your rod and your staff will comfort me.”  That’s is God’s protection for us when we are under attack by our enemies.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.”  When faced with our enemies, our Shepherd assures of support and hope.

“You anoint my head with oil.”  That’s care, dedication and consecration! The Lord anoints us and sets us apart for service to Him.

“My cup overflows.”  The blessings of God are just too many to count! God’s abundance is flowing to us so that we can share these blessings with others.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”  How lavishly God’s blessings, power and grace will accompany us every step of our journey till we meet Him.

“And I will dwell in the house of the Lord.”  The Shepherd will not part with us or abandon us along life’s way. He will guide us to our eternal home in heaven.

“Forever.”   That’s now and always – for eternity!

Now, we understand the Lord is my Shepherd. A shepherd doesn’t just watch sheep, he cares for his sheep. He takes them to where food and water are, and he shelters them from storms. Because sheep do not have claws or teeth to protect themselves, he protects them from other animals that want to eat them. Because the shepherd is there, the sheep are protected, comforted, and fed. Without a shepherd, the sheep would not last long in the wilderness. That’s a pretty good picture of how God cares for us, isn’t it?

Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11 ESV)

The post Covid-19 may be a difficult road for us. We don’t have to walk alone. Invite the Good Shepherd to accompany us.  He will provide and protect through every situation along the way till we reach home.

Prayer for Today

Dear God,

Thank you that you are our good Shepherd and because you are our good Shepherd, we lack nothing. We are grateful for your guidance and care for all our days. Thank you that you restore our souls, give us peace, and bring us hope in all our days ahead. Thank you for your protection and strength that surrounds us like a shield. Thank you that we need not fear because You are constantly walking beside us. Thank you for your goodness and love that follows us daily even when we are unaware. Thank you that you are our trustworthy God and you are our refuge and hope. In you alone is our rest and peace. We praise you for the assurance that we will dwell with you forever.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen


当前许多国家所面临的疫情和天灾如洪水和地震,实在影响了整个社会。日常生活的习惯、运作等结构在我们眼前改变。我们现在活着的时代是史无前例的。我们生活在许多的不确定、焦虑和恐惧中。在这一片阴郁与厄运中,上帝邀请我们,让祂带领我们走过这“死荫的幽谷”。 我们不必独自度过这人生的旅程。祂要我们完全地信靠他,和祂一起行走。