Authentic Prayer: Trust
The LORD is my shepherd.
I am never in need.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside peaceful waters.
When the Lord is your shepherd, you can count on him for everything you need.
In this ancient song David, the shepherd-turned-king, assumes the role of a sheep, an animal that exists in utter dependence on a shepherd’s care.
When sheep lack a deep sense of security, they move in constant agitation, yet David lies down in lush grass. Sheep instinctively fear fast-moving streams, but the Lord leads his own beside calm waters. David looks to God for refreshment, guidance, safety, and courage. While his adversaries watch, the Lord feeds him sumptuous food, pours perfume on his head, and keeps his cup overflowing. David counts on God’s steady love every day of his life, and he fully expects to live forever in his presence. With the Lord leading him, David lacks nothing.
Calling yourself a sheep requires humility. Trusting the Lord means living in total reliance on him, admitting he has higher insights and power than you. Let that attitude of dependence spill out in your words. Tell the Lord you trust him to provide you with everything you need and more.
Inspired by Psalm 23:1-6
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