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 the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, 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 runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Even the people who shun the likes of Christians are ready to have Psalm 23 read at their funeral. It just seems so “funeralish” to the human ear when it is repeated. In reality its contents cover almost every facet of our lives. It covers our Life, our Death, and Eternity.
In that hospital room we sensed how close she was to parting from us. The life she had lived was a good one and as hard as it was to accept this thought in our brains, none of us sought to leave, this was her trophy moment.
Suddenly she passed me her hand and said: “Would you read the 23rd Psalm. I reached for my Bible, which I did not need, and repeated the 23rd Psalm. It was for all of us present a very sacred moment. She took a few breaths and was ushered into the presence of the Lord. ”Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”
It is essential to have our faith in Jesus Christ, and Christ alone, to be prepared for the moment of death. That being the case, we need to know and follow the Shepherd in life, resting in the knowledge that He is more concerned for us than we are concerned for Him. That “shadow of death” is only a shadow, and shadows cannot hurt you. I read somewhere: “It is one thing to talk about Jesus, but in the valley you learn to talk with Him.”
There is no greater joy in a person’s heart than to know that the Shepherd is my Shepherd. I face each moment of each day with the knowledge that He, in charge of the sheepfold, will even remember my name and specific need.