The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want … one of the beautiful and calming passages in the Bible. It encompasses the love, the joy and the security that the Lord gives us. I urge you to read it regardless of what faith you are. Read it slowly and let each line enlighten you to its meaning. It is a real powerful prayer. When I read this psalm, I immerse myself in it on certain passages. Such as the following:
“In verdant pastures He gives me repose; beside restful waters He leads me; He refreshes my soul.” I picture myself while reading this passage in the following scene. With Marie, my wife, we have walked through a grassy meadow to a serene place wherein we lay out a blanket next to a murmuring brook. It is quiet, the only sounds are the lilting wind, the birds and the murmuring brook. I have cast a line in the water and then lay my head on Marie’s lap. I am at peace with God and the world.
And then there is the following:
“Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.” Everyone at one time or another has been in a situation that seems dire. Next time it happens, keep this passage in mind.
Let me paint the scene that I have experienced many times. I am driving through a blinding snowstorm coming off of Lake Erie. During these times, needless to say, you try to keep your concentration on the road. However, you feel the tension that it brings on. You know you are in the shadow of death—and then it happens! You say a few prayers and ask God to be your co-pilot. It gives me comfort and courage that I will survive the situation.
The power of prayer is real, regardless of the prayer you recite. And to make it more powerful and meaningful, immerse yourself in it. He is there to help, you only need to ask.