Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV
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.
What an unforgettable blessing my nearly two weeks Utah’s Wasatch Mountains turned out to be! It was by far the most challenging hunting I’ve done but also the most rewarding. Our days started at 4 a.m., ended around 11 p.m. and featured miles of mountain hiking/hunting each day. Thank you for your prayers! God protected us from danger, blessed us with new friends, wowed us with stunning beauty and watched over everything and everyone back home. I’m looking forward to and already planning for next year’s elk hunt, most likely in Idaho. For now, it’s great to be home, rested up, back in routine and writing again.
While travelling to Utah, I wrote that the 23rd Psalm can easily be personalized as a daily prayer. In the days ahead, I will explain that further. Aside from the first two sentences, it already is written as a personal prayer to God. For today, go ahead and personalize the first two sentences and pray through the Psalm. “Lord, You are my Shepherd; I am content because You provide for me. You make me lie down in green pastures, You lead me beside still waters, You restore my soul...” and so on. As you pray each line, think about what each one means to you and give your Shepherd thanks for shepherding you with His strength and kindness.
You are loved!