Psalm 231 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
(my protector, guardian and shield. He provides everything I need for my day-to-day and my long term. without Him I am as good as dead because of all that surrounds me.)
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
(He seeks out safe places for me, places that allow me to rest under His care)
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
(He cares if I am calm in spirit, if I am going the right way. He says that it matters to Him because I am His daughter, I carry His name.)
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
(No matter what I face, what situations, people, places that threaten to hurt me, rob my joy or separate me from Him, they cannot do it. He protects me - He is armed with the weapons necessary for my safety. I cannot use them, only He is equipped to use those weapons. I just need to trust.)
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
(He gives me a place to rest and refresh. He lifts me up in the presence of those who want to hurt me. He says I am chosen. He says I am worthy. He says I am His.)
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
(Love, even this extravagant love, will last me every day that I walk this earth and then into my eternity with Him. I will never be separated. I will never be lonely. I will never be lacking. He is my provider and my protector. I need nothing else.)
I have been in a mood lately...sometimes I feel like I just don't measure up. Then I read about God who loves me like a sheep - and sheep aren't that bright - and I feel better knowing He is in control and all I have to do is willingly follow.