Apr 22nd 2021 · Day 112
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Psalm 23 was written around 3,000 years ago in a world so different to our own. They did not have satnavs, mobile phones, laptops, microwaves, or cars, electric or otherwise!
Yet today we face the same three problems they faced. These problems have no solution – unless you know the Lord is your shepherd.
Firstly, the problem of sin. Is the answer to rising crime bigger prisons and more police? Well, this will not solve the problem, which is the sinful heart of human beings! The only solution comes from knowing the Lord, who dealt with our sin on the cross. He alone can restore us.
Secondly, there is the problem of suffering. There seems to be more suffering in the world today than at any time in human history. Knowing the Lord is our shepherd gives us faith to believe ‘I shall not want’ (v1). He will meet our needs.
Thirdly, the problem of separation. The death rate is one in one. The Bible ‘it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgement’ (Hebrews 9:27). The richest person in the world cannot escape it. Queen Elizabeth I is reported to have said on her deathbed, ‘All my possessions for a moment of time.’ Today, we have become worried about dying with Covid-19. However, the death rate from sin is 100 per cent. There is only one hope and that is knowing the Lord is your shepherd: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil’ (v4). Remember, you cannot have a shadow without light. The blessing of knowing the Lord is that your shepherd goes beyond the grave. He is the light of the world (John 8:12) and even death cannot put the light out!
Pause and reflect: Consider today the blessing of knowing the Lord is your shepherd. If you have never invited Him into your life, there is never a better time than now!
Peter serves as chaplain to The Voice Asia, a multimedia ministry targeting non-Christian Asians. He is also chaplain of the International Motors Group and missions pastor at Victory Church. He is passionate about being a channel of God’s blessing wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter @PastorDelBoy
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