Monday, May 1, 2017

Psalm for Sunday, May 7, 2017


Psalm 23: 1-2, 3-4, 5, 6  (Read)

“The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.”

We are like sheep and we look to 
the Good Shepherd to lead us beside 
still waters, and guide us along right 
paths. We fear no harm, because the 
Good Shepherd is at our side.

The Psalm's words are a source of 
peace for us, a source of strength, 
a source of healing.  The Lord 
provides for us, as he does the little
sparrows and the lilies of the field –
There is nothing I shall want.”

The Lord restores us, for we had gone astray
like sheep, but have returned to the shepherd
and guardian of our souls.  
(Sunday’s 2nd reading,1 Peter 2:25)  
Jesus himself assures us that we who enter 
the sheepfold through Him will be saved and 
will find pasture (Gospel, John 10:9).

We lack nothing when we trust in the Lord.
We fear nothing, even when our lives are at
a low point spiritually or physically. Having
been rescued by our Savior, and now counted
among His obedient sheep, we are ready to do
His will. We are groomed to enter the Kingdom
and dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  The Psalm assures us that we will be given repose by the Lord
and led to restful waters.  Describe how these verses are a source of peace and a source of healing for you.

2.  Our psalmist assures us that only goodness and mercy will
follow us all the days of our 
life and that we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.   Tell of how you are comforted 
by these words that speak of our eternal joy in the Lord's mansion.

1 comment:

  1. Our Shepherd is a good shepherd who knows the green pastures where He makes me lie down to rest, and He leads me and guides me in paths of righteousness.
    He gives me strength and restores my soul and heals my broken spirit.

    Because we are sheep who are completely dependent on the shepherd for guidance, protection and provision, we all know life while on earth is uncertain. And so, if I obediently follow Him, I will have peace and healing.

    Even if I walk with suffering, pain and disease, our shepherd provides me the strength and courage to face my afflictions with faith in Him. I will fear no devil.
    I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever with eternal joy because of His goodness and mercy that follow me for the rest of my life.