“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

As we finish our week of looking at some lessons we learn from the Psalms that David wrote, we cannot forget the one that most of us know and love. It is the one we turn to when we are going through times of sorrow or discouragement. For many of us, it was the first portion of scripture that we memorized.

In I Samuel 30:6 when David was going through a time of trial, it is said that: “David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” I can imagine him finding a quiet place, getting out his harp, and singing this beautiful psalm to the Lord. Perhaps he pictured himself back when life was simpler, and he was looking after his father’s sheep. As he gave his burden to the Lord, he found peace.

Today I received some bad news from my youngest sister. She has been battling cancer for the last few years and we have been praying for a miracle. But it is progressing fast, and the future does not look good. We sometimes wonder why God heals some and not others, but we know that He is in control and knows what is best for each one of us.

I have been praying, and thinking about this Psalm and asking God for her and for the rest of our family that we will have peace whatever comes. Knowing that the Lord was with David in every circumstance that he faced and allowed him to share this song of assurance with us, gives me confidence that He will be with us.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus that you are our shepherd and that you love us and care for us. I pray that you will give us peace and comfort as we face the uncertain future.

Devotion by Anne Johnston



    • Anne Johnston

      Thank you so much for your prayers.

  1. Kerry Revell

    I’m so sorry to hear of the ill health of your sister. I will pray for a miracle for her right now! In Jesus name❤️ Please let me know how she is doing. I do so love and appreciate your devotionals. God bless you!

    • Anne Johnston

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for your prayers.

  2. Isabel James

    I love to read your devotions and I have share them many times to inspire others as well. Sorry to hear about your sister praying that God’s will be done.
    Recently I lost a close friend, it has not being easy but The Lord comfort me during her last hours by letting me know that He was taking her home away from her suffering and pain. His words were such a comfort when He assured me she would be in heaven with Him. I pray the same for you and your family, in The Name of Jesus, amen.

    • Anne Johnston

      Thank you so much, Isabel. I am glad you enjoy the devotions. Thank you so much for your prayers. My sister loves the Lord and realizes that she is in His hands. As we get older, it seems more and more of our family and friends are leaving us. But, isn’t that what we have been looking forward to – leaving this world behind and going to be with Jesus? He is our hope. May you be blessed today.

    • Anne Johnston

      Thank you for your prayers, Mona