As Christians we never know what is around the corner, or what challenges the Lord has for us. But we do know that he is with us in a way that transcends understanding. Psalm 23 has long been a favorite of Old and New Covenant believers, and for good reason. It reminds us of something that we must never forget as we make our way through this veil of tears. The Lord is with us. Not just in terms of his omnipresence, but personally with us as our Shepherd King. Knowing this does not make our trials any lighter, but it does give us what we need to carry on. Our hope is not in this world but in the world to come where sin and the curse are removed. It is such a comfort to know that God is with us now and when this life is over we will dwell in the new heavens and earth forever.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your road 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 your goodness and love will
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23 (TNIV)