BY PARKER PERRELLA:
If you are like me- human- then you have a tendency to be fearful. You fear unwanted outcomes. You fear loss. You fear vulnerability. You fear not being in control. Fill in the blank… We have a tendency to doubt that the Sovereign, Almighty God of the universe has a plan that is ultimately for our good and His greater glory. Psalm 23 brings me comfort, as it should to you, knowing that our God is the Good Shepherd, who cares for His sheep. And we, His sheep, know his voice and follow Him (John 10:27).
The Lord is my Shepherd-
Why do I fear?
Why am I so afraid?
Do I dare doubt His sovereignty?
Do I dare not trust His name?
For He renews my life
He leads me out of the miry clay.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall not be in dismay-
For He is with me;
His rod and His staff- they comfort me.
I am secure in His mighty embrace.
The Lord is my light and salvation-
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life-
Of whom shall I be afraid?*
Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me
For all of my days,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord,
And there, for eternity remain.
The Lord is the Good Shepherd-
Jesus is His name.
Parker is a freshman at Trinity College of Florida. She is studying Counseling and also leads the Prayer Group on campus. She is involved at Sonrise Community Church in New Port Richey, FL. She is a contributor at grace-nation.com.