Posted by: glorifyhim1 | April 28, 2015

The Lord Is My Shepherd

The Lord Is My Shepherd

 

This week I had a biopsy performed on a thyroid nodule. While the thought of having a needle poked into this gland situated at the base of the throat is somewhat disconcerting, I think what concerned me most was not being able to swallow during the procedure. It’s funny that I rarely even think about swallowing, but tell me I can’t and I immediately want to swallow.

 

As I thought about how to keep from swallowing, it occurred to me that thinking about it actually made me want to swallow. I needed to have my mind fixed on something else. That’s when I decided that the best way to keep from thinking about swallowing or what was happening during the procedure would be to go over Scripture and praise choruses in my head. I was armed and ready!

 

I decided I would begin with the familiar Psalm 23 which begins: “The Lord is my Shepherd.” My doctor explained that before he pricked my neck with the needle, he would tell me to swallow. Then he would perform the procedure and remove the needle.  There would be six needle pricks and I could swallow between each one. Thus it began. I swallowed, closed my eyes, and thought “The Lord is my Shepherd ….,” but I think the end of verse 2 – “He leads me beside the still waters” – was the farthest I ever made it throughout the entire procedure. For the most part, I could barely collect my thoughts and begin reciting the familiar words in my head until it was time to swallow and begin the process again. The entire procedure probably lasted no more than 30 minutes. But as I left the office, the sweet phrase “The Lord is my Shepherd” was still running through my mind – and my heart!

 

Later as I thought about all of this, I couldn’t help but wonder: Throughout most days, on what do I fix my mind?  What do I think about? Do I focus on problems or worries? Do I rehearse hurts and ponder anger? Or is my mind fixed on Christ, my Lord, my Shepherd? Do I take my problems, worries, hurts, and anger to Him and allow Him to lead me and walk with me through them? Isaiah 26:3 tells us: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Likewise, Paul told the Colossians: “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). And Jesus, Himself, taught His disciples that even in ominous times to keep their eyes on Him (see Matthew 14). Peter could do the miraculous – walk on water – as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. When he looked away, however, and concentrated on the wind, waves, and the storm, he began to sink.

 

The Lord is my Shepherd. I can fully trust Him – even when doubts, anxieties, fears, and troubles come. He knows me. He laid down His life for me. He leads me. He restores me. He comforts me. He is with me. How I rejoice that I can fix my mind on these precious truths! Yes, the Lord is my Shepherd!

 

“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.”

(Psalm 23)

 

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