Psalm 23Amplified Bible (AMP) 23 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want. 2 He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters. 3 He refreshes and restores my soul (life); He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil; My cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord.
Sheep are wanderers and constantly need a shepherd and caretakers. Sheep just wander off and do what they want to do. They are kind of in their own world. Sheep need to be taken care of. We are just like sheep and we need God to lead us in the direction meant for us to go. God will lead us to righteousness.
Most of us do not feel like we are right or righteous. The devil wants us to feel wrong about ourselves but Jesus wants to give us rightness. We cannot produce something that we do not have in us. So it is silly to try to behave right without relying on the rightness of God inside of us. Jesus did not die so we condemn ourselves every time we do something wrong. He died so we can be forgiven when we make a mistake and go on living our lives knowing that we have a God who loves us and guides us to be all that we are meant to be in life.
Even though we do the right thing and we are growing in God and are on the right path – that does not mean that we will not face difficult times. It is ridiculous to think that we will never face anything difficult in life. It is in those difficult times that we choose to continue to do what is right while everything else seems wrong. That is what helps us to grow and mature – this is how God teaches his sheep.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen