How to Have Everything You Need in the Shepherd’s Presence

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Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd and you and I will never have everything we need until we rest in the Shepherd's presence.

Psalm 23 was my mom’s favorite. Most nights, she included it as part of her evening prayers. She said praying those words gave her the peace she needed to relax and rest.

There is peace in our Shepherd’s presence.

Growing up, my family lived much of life at Our Shepherd Church. I used to say that if the doors were open we were there. Even the school I attended was connected to our church.

So, between my parents, teachers, and pastors I learned about the Lord, my Shepherd, at a very young age.

They taught me that sheep are generally docile . . . that they would definitely not be on the list of most intelligent or clever creatures in the animal kingdom, and that they are fearful crowd-followers who constantly need guidance and care. Sheep need the shepherd’s presence.

The Life Application Bible Notes add “sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection.

And you and I need provision, guidance, and protection. We need the Lord, our Shepherd!

Why? Because He provides us with everything we need!

As a shepherd, David knew the neediness of sheep and he readily identified with them, saying…

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.

Psalm 23:1

Then, throughout the rest of this Psalm, David tells us how his “shepherd” meets those needs.

♥ He gently guides us along a path that leads to peace and contentment…

He lets me rest in green meadows;
    He leads me beside peaceful streams.

Psalm 23:2

♥ He generously forgives us, strengthens us, and gives us what we need to trust and obey…

  He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.

Psalm 23:3

Are you walking through a dark valley? Do you feel helpless and afraid?
The Lord, our Shepherd wants you to know that you are never alone.

♥ He carefully protects us with His rod and guides us with His staff in our dark valleys.

Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for You are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

♥ He abundantly provides for us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually…

You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.

Psalm 23:5

♥ He lovingly watches over us every moment now and forever and always…

Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will [follow] me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23:6

So, whether our lives are perfectly peaceful or critically chaotic, you and I need the Shepherd.

Isaiah wrote…

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.

Isaiah 53:6a

Yes. We’re foolish sheep who can listen to the enemy’s lies and follow the crowd. We wander off His path. We need God’s help. We need Jesus!

Look at Isaiah’s next words…

Yet the Lord laid on Him the sins of us all.

Isaiah 53:6b

The Father sent Jesus because we needed a Shepherd who would love us so much that He would lay down His life to save us.

Jesus said…

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13 (ESV)

That’s how much our Shepherd loves us. Through Him, we are forgiven and free. Through Him, we have the promise of eternal life in God’s presence. Through Him, we have everything we need.

Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd and you and I will never have everything we need until we rest in the Shepherd's presence.

Let’s pray…

A Prayer to Live Every Day in the Shepherd’s Presence

Father, thank you! You have promised that nothing can snatch me out of Your hand. (John 10:29) And that You are always with me holding me close. (Psalm 73:23) I am surrounded by Your presence. And because of who You are and all You do . . . I have everything I need.

I have peace and contentment when I rest in Your love. I am forgiven, strengthened, and given all that I need to trust and obey You. I am protected and guided through the difficult days of my life. You provide for me in every area of my life, and all that I am and have is a gift from You. In Your loving care, I am safe and secure now and forever.

When I reflect on who You are and all You’ve done for me . . . I realize that I really do have everything I need. I thank You. I praise You. I worship You and invite You my Shepherd to be the Lord of my life. Amen.

Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd and you and I will never have everything we need until we rest in the Shepherd's presence.

Whatever is going on in your life today, pause and rest in the Shepherd’s presence.

Thank Him for guiding you, forgiving and strengthening you, protecting and providing for you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And thank Him for His promise that your future is secure in His unfailing love that lasts forever.

Sheep need a shepherd and they need to remain in the shepherd’s presence because when they wander off on their own or follow the crowd they can easily get lost or into trouble.

But our Shepherd came for us, saved us, and promises to watch over us and lead us because of His grace, mercy, and love.

So, today and every day going forward we can be confident that…

In the Shepherd’s presence, we have everything we need!

May God bless you today as you rest in His provision, guidance, and protection.

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  1. I need a small miracle in healing of my bodily organs, liver.

    1. I’m so sorry you are suffering, Susan. We’re praying for you and asking the Lord to heal you. May He be with you and bless you!

  2. Hi Deb, Thank you for this wonder article that reminds us God is with us always in all we do and provides totally for us!
    Blessings to you,
    Lois R.

  3. Thank you for sharing on Psalm 23, it’s one of my favorites. This was a blessing to read today. I’m so thankful God is my Shepherd. I recite this at night before sleep like your mom did.

    1. I’m so glad it blessed and encouraged you, Kris. Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to be part of the conversation. God bless you!

  4. Thank you for this!
    Psalm 91 is my go to but I love this Psalm also.

    1. Thank you, Lynne. We are secure when we make the Lord our refuge. He is so very good and gracious to us. God bless you!

  5. How I needed this today. I love the 23rd Psalm! You brought more light to it today. I have a huge burden of turmoil in my life right now. The last few days have been so heavy on my shoulders. I have had tears and frustration and have cried out to the Lord and asked where is he. This Psalm reminds me!! I keep repeating over and over, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!” I forgot to repeat the ones that tell me he is close beside me and protecting me. So, once again, thank you for bringing light into this Psalm and to the verses I need to be repeating as well!

    1. I’m so glad it blessed and encouraged you, Sue. I’m so sorry you’re struggling. I’m pausing to pray for you and asking the Lord to bless you and give you everything you need each day. Blessings, my friend!

      1. Thank you so kindly. I need all of the prayers I can get right now. And thank you too for calling me your friend. It means a lot to me.

  6. Thank you so much Deb for allowing the Lord to teach through you. This is the perfect lesson for me today.

    1. Thank you, Jackie! I truly appreciate your encouragement. God bless you!

  7. Deb,
    I’m spending a lot of time meditating on Psalm 23 this year and appreciate this beautiful post. The prayer blessed me today.

    1. Thank you, Tammy. There is so much comfort in the words of this Psalm. What a blessing that the Lord wanted us to have these words to know His heart. Blessings!

  8. Kathy Francescon says:

    Sorry so late commenting on this lovely post, Deb! And Psalm 23 is indeed beloved by all! It is interesting to note that sheep have limited eyesight, and actually follow the the sound of the shepherd’s voice… And do we humans not also experience this limited eyesight at times and simply need to listen for the voice of our Great Shepherd?
    I find this amazing! Another one of God’s great mysteries that was a light bulb moment for me!
    John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
    May we always follow the Lord, our wonderful Shepherd!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing that, Kathy! I didn’t know that about sheep having limited eyesight. We truly need to listen to our Shepherd’s voice. God bless you, my friend!

  9. Hi Deb
    Thank you for the beautiful prayer Psalm 23. It is so true that Jesus is our Shepard and we are his sheep’s.
    He is always there for us to lead is in the right direction. He knows we one of us has strayed away and never abandon us always being loving, merciful, gracious and understanding.
    I will begin to praying it daily. To remind me to continue following my Shepard knowing he is always with me.
    Have a beautiful day and many Blessings.

    1. I’m glad it blessed you, Ana! Thank you for taking the time to join the conversation and I am especially blessed by your encouragement. Thank you! Blessings!