The Lord is my shepherd – Part 5
When you allow Jesus to be the Shepherd over your life, you will not want for God’s mercies; you will not want for divine favour and you will not want for beautiful relationship where it matters with God, the Father, with God, the Son, with God, the Holy Spirit and with the saints of God. Jesus is the Shepherd who knows where the green grass is, and He takes you to where the green grass is and you feed in peace.
The psalmist said, “He leadeth me beside the still waters”; He leads and you follow. A beautiful hymn says, “Onward I go, nor doubt nor fear, happy with Christ, my Saviour. Jesus shall lead me night and day, Jesus shall lead me all the way, He is the truest Friend to me, for I remember Calvary.” He leads and I follow. I submitted myself completely to the leadership of Jesus and that is what I want you to do today.
The psalmist said, “He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus in John 3:7 and He said to him, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Jesus Has paid in full the price for your redemption from sin. Sin leaves a crimson stain, but Jesus will wash it white as snow. I remember that beautiful chorus, “Jesus sets me free, why should I be bound?” Who is going to bind me anymore? He leads me in the path of righteousness, right relationship with God, right relationship with my fellowmen, right thought, right speech, right actions, right responses and correct all the way because God is in charge.
The Psalmist says, “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” There may be time for the rod and there may be time for the staff. The Bible tells us how this word of God is profitable for correction, instruction and for everything in all godliness. The Lord knows how to guide and how to correct. The Lord knows when He should bring discipline and the Lord knows when He should just correct, teach and lead quietly.
The psalmist said, “thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” The Lord shall anoint you with good health, strength, wisdom and financial blessings. The Lord shall anoint your husband, wife and children. He will anoint you as you go out and come in and the blessings already pronounced in Deuteronomy Chapter 28 will be your testimony. You are blessed in the morning; you are blessed at noon; you are blessed in the evening; you are blessed when you are awake; you are blessed when you are seated and you are blessed when you are standing. You are blessed because you’ve surrendered your life completely unreservedly to Christ and you have accepted Him as Shepherd over your life.
The psalmist said, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” There is no iota or shadow of doubt about this. Surely, goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life. God will bless you with expected blessing and will bring you to expected end. You will live in God’s house forever and nothing will take you out from the house of the Lord. This is where we find satisfaction and the Bible tells us that in God’s presence, there are pleasures evermore and we enjoy pleasures evermore (Psalm 16:11).
Today’s Nugget: In God’s presence, there are pleasures evermore.
Prayer: Lord, be the shepherd of over my life.
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Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria
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