After a lengthy explanation as to WHY the Psalmist states certain things (i.e. you anoint my head with oil) the various means and purposes and time of year this is necessary for sheep, the author is careful to explain just what each verse means for the children of God, and how tender and kind our Good Shepherd is to us.
Here's a snippet of what I read this morning with regard to Chapter Ten "Thou Anointest My Head With Oil"
"If He is the One who has all knowledge and wisdom and understanding of my affairs and management; if He is able to cope with every situation, good or bad, that I encourter, then surely I should be satisfied with His care.
In a wonderful way my cup, or my lot in life, is a happy one that overflows with benefits of all sorts."
"The trouble is most of us just don't see it this way. Especially when troubles or disappointments come along, we are apt to feel forgotten by our Shepherd. We act as though He had fallen down on the job."
The enemy of my soul has been hounding my mind with lies, continuallly relentless in his pursuit to discourage my heart, to cause me to doubt how God has is and will care for every need I have, and honestly making me quite miserable the past few weeks. The next paragraph was a great reminder of who my Shepherd is:
"Actually He is never asleep. He is never lax or careless.
He is never indifferent to our well-being.
Our Shepherd always has our best interests in mind."
I am so forgetful, I need reminding every day of WHO my Father is and how he loves. I need to hear or read the truth because my mind is bombarded with lies from within and without on an hourly basis. "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23" has helped me do that this week, maybe grabbing a copy would be just the medicine your soul needs as well.
So today, on this Sunday, I am resting and waiting for God to work all the plans He has for me. We can trust His heart...He is not holding out on us, as our first mother, Eve believed. Let us, this Sunday, invite the Spirit to bring rest to our weary souls and confidence to our minds of the love and care of our Good Shepherd!!