Psalm 23

There are times in one's life when things seem to get out of control, and the world ceases to make sense. Times when tragedy and loss strike quickly and easily, and when even the strongest man can be brought low by the weight on his shoulders.

It is precisely during those times that the strength of the Lord our God is needed the most.

Few stories in the Bible resonate in this regard quite as powerfully as the story of David- the brave warrior who was betrayed by his king, who fled into hiding, and who turned to the Lord when there was nowhere else to go.

And see how his faith was repaid. He became a great king, the defender of his people, the ruler of Israel and the founder of a great dynasty.

He is also responsible for composing many of the Psalms in the Bible. A particular favourite of mine is Psalm 23:
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.
Speaking as a former atheist, all I can say is that the voice of the Lord is there for any man who wishes to hear it. I can no more explain its presence or its existence to one who does not believe, any more than you could explain the electroweak force to a man without a background in theoretical physics. Yet it is there nonetheless.

Recent events, and my own reading of the Bible, have affirmed and deepened my faith. I do not claim to understand the Lord's will or wisdom. But I can say this with firm conviction: a life spent in pursuit of understanding both would not be a wasted one.


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