“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” – Psalm 23
The task that God has called us to as leaders is to shepherd His flock. He has called us to lead His people to places of refuge and peace with the Lord. He has called us to walk beside His people in good times and bad with their wellbeing as our focus. He has called us to guide His people into lives of righteousness – for His name’s sake.
No doubt, the call to shepherd God’s people is great. The road of leading is often long and tiresome. The task is many times uncertain and greater than we can handle on our own.
But praise be to God that He would first be our Good Shepherd. Praise be to God that He did not call us to a task that He does not do Himself in our own lives. The promises of this Psalm are great! Because the Lord is our Shepherd, He promises to lead us to places of refuge and peace. He promises to walk beside us in good times and bad with our wellbeing before Him. He promises to guide us to lives of fulfillment and righteousness. For His name’s sake, He will prove faithful to these promises.
My prayer for us this week is this: that our Shepherd would give each of us rest in Him; that He would restore our souls for the work of ministry that He has called each of us to.
I love you guys. Press on!