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January 2 – He leads me!

“He leads me beside… He leads me in…” – Psalm 23:2b-3b                                                                       

Scripture reading: Psalm 23:1-6

What is it that you need in the year of our Lord, 2022?

You need the leading of the Good Shepherd. Today’s familiar and beloved psalm has brought comfort and hope to God’s people throughout the ages.  This psalm celebrates all that the Good Shepherd does for His sheep. 

Psalm 23 describes the trustworthiness of our Good Shepherd. He cares for us (v.1); He provides for our physical needs (v.2); He shows us how to live holy lives (v.3); He restores us, comforts us, heals us, and bountifully blesses us (vv.3-5); and He will not abandon us (v.6). He leads us each step of the way. How this conviction must serve for the strengthening of our souls. 

However, there is in this Psalm something else that should not be overlooked. Sheep follow their shepherd. The blessings and comfort of this psalm do not come to sheep that do not follow the Shepherd. As Jesus reminds us, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).

Do you know what it is to hear His voice? Will you be known as one following the Good Shepherd this year? Do you take comfort in the Shepherd’s leading?

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for our Saviour Shepherd’s continued leading, for much we need His tender care. Be specific for various areas of your life and loved ones including the Church.

Rev. Peter Vellenga is presently serving as itinerant preacher waiting upon Lord for continued assignment.

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