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10 Gifts Our Shepherd Gives Us

Psalm 23:1 holds a special place in my heart. It says, “The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.”

On my fiftieth birthday, I sat in my backyard with Bible and journal in hand. “God, please give me a theme verse for my next 50 years,” I prayed. Psalm 23:1 instantly came to mind.

I’m embarrassed to admit that my first response was, “No thanks. It’s too simple. Give me something a bit more profound.” Thankfully the Holy Spirit stood His ground.

Psalm 23:1 – simple yet profound. The Lord wants us, His sheep, to flourish so He does whatever it takes to make that happen. Here are 10 gifts He provides to ensure our well-being.

  1. Wisdom—“If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.” (James 1:5)
  2. Constant companionship—“I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” (Psalm 16:8)
  3. Our physical needs—“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
  4. Peace—“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.” (John 14:27)
  5. Comfort—”He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.” (2 Corinthians 1:4)
  6. Strength—”I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
  7. Forgiveness—”But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” (1 John 1:9)
  8. Joy—“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” (Psalm 16:11)
  9. Direction—“You will see the teacher with your own eyes, and you will hear a voice say, ‘This is the way; turn around and walk here.’” (Isaiah 30:21)
  10. Everything we need for godly living—“As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life.” (2 Peter 1:3)

No doubt this list is only the beginning. What do you need today, friend? If you’re following the Good Shepherd, then everything you need is at your disposal. Just ask.

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