The Destructive Forces of Worry Part – 6

Psalm 23:1 —–The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23 is a very well-known Psalm of David.  David had been a shepherd in his youth and had personal experience with the responsibilities of a shepherd. A good shepherd watches over his sheep and takes care of their every need, leading them to grasses to graze and water to drink.  He also has the duty of protecting them from harmful predators and keeping a watchful eye over any sheep that may be wandering astray.

To begin the day of leading his sheep, a shepherd’s morning call was a distinctive guttural sound.  In trusting obedience, each flock would rise and follow its master to the feeding grounds.

Our Heavenly Father wants to be our Shepherd, but He gives us a choice to follow.  He did not create us to act as robots upon forced command.  Because Jesus willingly laid His life down upon the cross to pay for our sins, we should willingly repent of our sin and accept Him as our personal Saviour, allowing Him to become our Good Shepherd. We should be obedient to His Word.

Isaiah 40:11 — He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.

When we let Jesus become our good Shepherd, we do not lack.  Our every need is met….emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Won’t you follow Him today?

Philippians 4:19 —- And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

According to this verse, you are rich. You are not trying to be rich. It does not matter how much you are earning or how much you have in your bank account. You are rich because as your need arises, God’s supply will be there for you.

If we live by faith in this promise of future grace, it will be very hard for anxiety to survive. God’s “riches in glory” are inexhaustible. He really means for us not to worry about our future.
We should follow the pattern of Jesus and Paul. We should battle the unbelief of anxiety with the promises of future grace.

“The Lord is your shepherd; don’t ever say “I am lost”. He leads you to green pastures; don’t ever say “I am broke”. Let the weak shout; “I am very, very, very strong”!

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