The Lord Is My Shepherd and Guardian

Hold thou my hand! so weak I am, and helpless, 
I dare not take one step without thy aid;
Hold thou my hand! for then, O loving Saviour, 
No dread of ill shall make my soul afraid.
Hold thou my hand! and closer, closer draw me, to thy dear self, my hope, my joy, my all;
Hold thou my hand, lest haply I should wander, and, missing thee, my trembling feet should fall.

Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)

 

David

Who was David and why did he write such a song to his Lord?  David was one of the greatest figures in the history of Israel.  He was a shepherd boy with a heart that sought after God and was selected to lead God’s people.  David was a man of contrasts.  He was single-mindedly committed to God yet guilty of some of the most serious sins recorded.  David’s life was a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows.  Much like each and everyone of us.  David was a king that failed in his humanity, at times, yet still sought God with all his heart.

David was victorious because he trusted in God for the victory, not himself.  David loved God deeply throughout his entire life.

grace-of-godHonest self-examination is necessary to recognize our own sin, then we must repent of it.  We may try to fool ourselves or others, but cannot hide our sin from God.

God always offers forgiveness for our sins, but we cannot escape the consequences.

God highly values our faith in Him.  Despite life’s ups and downs, God is ever present to give us comfort and help.

Drawing on the life of David and his unique virtues, we are able to apply valuable lessons in our lives.  He teaches us about grace, sin, restoration, faithfulness and much more.  Through all his trials and tribulations David knew God would be his shepherd and guardian and so he wrote a song to God, Psalm 23.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters, He restores my soul;

He leads 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 You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Forever.

sheep 2 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way.”  Isaiah 53:6

Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they (everyone) may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”  John 10:10-11

 

So when you feel you are beyond help.  That you have done something so bad no one could ever forgive you for, remember David and his faith and love for God.  Remember he asked God for forgiveness and God granted him strength to cope through his daily struggles.  If the wrong you have done landed you in jail, yes, you must pay for the crime, but God’s love is there if you just ask Him into your heart and know He forgives.  If your wrong has hurt a friend or family member remember God will help you to ask forgiveness from them and help to mend your broken hearts.

 

Saints and Sinners

A friend of Jesus! O what bliss, that one, so vile as I,

Should ever have a friend like this, to lead me to the sky!

A friend when other friendships cease, a friend when others fail;

A friend who gives me joy and peace, a friend who will prevail.

Joseph C. Ludgate (d. 1947)