The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Thank you my shepherd for providing the things I need
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
Thank you for helping me to stop and rest
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
Thank You for the calm waters still the trouble in my soul
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Please let Your path be clear so I can see and follow it
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
Thank You for showing me that You will help me stand up to evil
For You are with me;
I know You are always there, I only need to hold out my hand
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
They give me a sense of peace and love
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
Your preparation makes me strong, and my enemies see I don’t fear them
You anoint my head with oil;
Your anointing shows me I am moving in the right direction
My cup runs over.
Your blessings are so much more than I can hold. I will share them with others
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
I know I am Yours, and if I follow You, I will have peace
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.1
I will someday be in Your heavenly home
The 23rd Psalm is so rich in love, peace and imagery. On a difficult day you can pray this Psalm. You can stop at each phrase and imagine you are enveloped in God’s love in each setting. Even if when you are facing difficult times He will always be there with you.
This past July I was really tested. Jim, my husband, had gone to the hospital for a routine CT scan. He had a pulled muscle in his side and the doctor wanted to make sure it wasn’t torn. The regular scan went well. Then the tech injected him with the dye for the contrast scan. Jim felt warmth going up through his body and a strong urge to sneeze. The scan was done and when he got up he felt light headed. Then he could feel himself swelling, in his throat, eyes and nose. Soon he was fighting to breath. He passed out, and a nurse saw him waver, caught him and assisted him to the floor. Through his fog he heard “man down,” he opened his eyes and looked to see what they were talking about. Then, seeing the ceiling, realized it was him. He told me his first thought was “it’s a good thing I didn’t die, Jann would be pissed.” I have always told him that I get to go first. He would do much better going on without me than I would without him.
I was home doing some cleaning and realized he had been gone much longer than expected. I texted him and waited about 10 minutes. I hadn’t heard back so I called the hospital and was connected with radiology. They proceeded to tell me that he was in the ER, but wouldn’t give me any information. Later, I found out it was because of the Hippa law.
I rushed over to the hospital, praying all the way there. I was strangely calm and felt peace. God told me everything was going to be okay. When I finally was able to go into the ER and to Jim’s bedside the first thing I said was “What did you do now?” He smiled, still breathing with difficulty, and said that he had had a sever reaction to the contrast dye. The doctor told me Jim had anaphylactic shock, and almost died. I kissed him and said a quick prayer thanking God for not taking Jim away from me.
He stayed in the hospital for several tests to make sure there were no problems from the dye, and then returned home the next day. I can’t thank God enough for letting me keep my wonderful husband.
Have you faced something that was very difficult and felt God’s love holding you tight? Write me back and share your experience.
1 The New King James Version. (1982). (Ps 23:1–6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.