A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Our complete security in Christ is wonderfully displayed in the 23rd Psalm. It’s a security that is non-conditional and flows from our relationship with Jesus. He is Shepherd. We are sheep or followers. It’s not dependent on our performance as sheep. It’s expressed in series of positive statements. Our eternal security in heaven is the last ultimate facet of our security, but by no means the only facet. We will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The basis of our security is provision. We shall not want.
We are promised refreshment, rest and renewal.
He guides us along “right paths.”
We aren’t promised all sunny days, but we are promised fearlessness even in the darkest times. Through His rod and staff we are protected. The victory is His.
Even when surrounded by enemies, we are promised continued communion at his table. He never tires of the relationship, our cup running over.
We are anointed. That is we have a purpose and the power to carry it out.
All this is assured through the promise of his goodness, not ours and his love. All the days of our lives ending with eternity with Him.
Feeling better? Feeling a bit more secure? Our security is sure, unconditional, relationship based and forever.