The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
— Psalm 23:1-4 NIV

a good shepherd

Psalm 23 is arguably the most recognized psalm in the bible. People quote it in movies and in churches, and it’s really easy to skim over it without much thought because it’s familiar. But a while back, I really thought about what it means for God to be our shepherd and for us to follow him like sheep. God is a good shepherd; He gives us the things we need. He knows where he is leading us, and He will take care of us along the way. 

I think that often our opinions of God are dependent on where we are in life. You know, if things are good and easy, we are really happy with God, but if things are hard then we doubt that God is worth following. But what I find in this psalm is that our confidence and faith is not in our circumstances but in God as our Shepherd. We could be in the nicest pasture or the darkest valley, and we won’t lack anything because God is with us, and He takes care of his sheep. 

The older we get, the harder life seems to be. College can be really hard sometimes, but even in the toughest moments in life God is right there with you. He isn’t hiding. He isn’t running away from you. He’s going your pace. Spend some time thinking about God and reflecting on the way that he is your Good Shepherd. 

pray

God, thank You that You are a shepherd who never leaves me. Thank You that You are leading me into more and more abundance with you. Help me to trust You regardless of how my circumstances might be stacking up. You are good, and I believe You are worth following. Amen

- Tim del Risco