Updated: May 22
*This devotion was taken from the devotions Pastor Frankie is writing on Psalm 23 and mailing to the children of EVNaz on a weekly basis. These devotional books can be found at www.evnaz.org/kidsmatterministries.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me." Psalm 23:4a
The best shepherds will take their flocks to distant summer ranges. The sheep will move slowly towards the range and eat as they travel to their destination. By late summer they will have their flocks in a very remote area.
During this time the flock is entirely alone with the shepherd. The shepherd will walk among his sheep and give them personal attention day and night. The shepherd is often with the sheep only. This can be a very peaceful time for the shepherd and it can be very dark at night.
David knew what this was like. When Samuel was sent by God to anoint him as king over Israel, he was not at home with his brothers. Instead he was high upon the hills tending to his father’s flock. They had to send for him to come home. It is no wonder he could write so clearly of the relationship between a sheep and its owner.
David knew about the problems of being a shepherd. He knew about the importance of making sure he always took his sheep to a safe place. He knew that he would need to go ahead to see if it was a safe place for them. He had to continuously make sure they were on safe land where the coyotes or other predators wouldn’t hurt them.
Our shepherd also knows all about the dangers we might face. He leads us through the valleys. He knows where we can be safe even when there is disaster around us. He offers us courage to face things that could hurt us. Our shepherd is our strength and His hand will guide us through every situation we face.
Help me to trust you when I have a bad day or when something goes wrong. Help me to know that you are there to walk through those times with me. Thank you for being a God that loves me.
In Jesus name, Amen.