Why this scripture encourages me…
These verses, penned by David, encompass all we need to know about God. They tell us who He is: our shepherd. They tell us how He cares for us: by providing green pastures, leading us beside still waters, restoring our souls. They tell us He will show us the way we should go. He gives us all these lovely blessings because of Who He is, not based on our ability to earn them.
We learn early in life that death will come to us and to those we love. Yet God is with us even in the valley of this knowledge. He comforts us—if we allow Him to. He prepares a table for us! He anoints us! Just as David was assured that goodness and mercy would follow him all the days of his life, we too can be assured.
“I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” are the most comforting words I’ve ever read.
(I chose the King James version of this Psalm because it is the one I heard the first time. It remains my favorite version.)