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Devotional Thoughts for the Day 4: His Rod and Staff, Psalm 23

Devotional Thoughts for the Day 4: His Rod and Staff, Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
     He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

 Even 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 overflows.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever. 

I don’t really know anyone who enjoys the valley experiences in life. Though they are painful seasons, they’re also fertile soil for learning and development. It’s those valleys that often bring about our spiritual growth. While we all love the mountaintops, it’s not where our character is developed. 

What jumped out to me in our Scripture portion today, Psalm 23, was His rod and staff bringing comfort. It’s odd, because they also bring pain. When the shepherd needs to correct the sheep, he used the staff or rod to bring them into submission and correction. It doesn’t sound very comforting at all. 

What we begin to realize as we mature in our faith—and King David did as well—is that the Shepherd’s corrections are for our good. Those valleys are not places we enjoy, but when we are in them, we know He is with us. He longs for our submission as He corrects. These corrections enable us to navigate the hardships of the valley so we can come out the other side stronger, wiser and better equipped to be His disciples. How loving our Father is to correct us! Might I remember the comfort there, and not resist His correction.

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