Day 10

A Prayer for Comfort

from the reading plan

Psalm 23:1-6

Theologian and preacher Charles Spurgeon declared Psalm 23 to be David’s “unrivalled pastoral,” explaining, “its sweetness and its spirituality are unsurpassed.” Indeed, this is a psalm for both heights and depths. Whether we walk by quiet waters or in the darkest valley, our Shepherd provides for our every need. He leads us to places of rest and provision. Though we pass through danger, we have the security of eternal dwelling in the Lord’s house. We can enjoy the sweetness of His guidance as He renews our life, even in the presence of our foes.

As I pray through this psalm, I am struck by how immediately Christ is revealed. From beginning to end, the comfort offered in this psalm is Christ Himself. “I am the good shepherd,” He says. “I know my sheep and my sheep know me” (John 10:14). He is not only the Shepherd, but by my Shepherd, our Shepherd. He knows us intimately, and we, the sheep of His pasture, know Him (Psalm 95:7). This is the chief comfort—that He is mine and I am His. All the securities and comforts of life flow from this intimacy. Apart from this intimacy, there is no true comfort. The Shepherd protects His own.

Because of this intimacy, “I have what I need” (Psalm 23:1). I lack nothing because Christ is my everything, and in Him all needs are met. At the forefront of His provision is His leading. He does not send us out alone, unprotected, but He goes before us. He is the Shepherd, our elder brother, our example, our advocate, our intercessor, our guide, our shield, our light.

Yes, He even goes before us in the valley of the shadow of death, and in the presence of our enemies. Psalm 22 immediately precedes, reminding us of how our Shepherd has gone before, bearing the agonies of the cross on our behalf. Where we go, He has already gone; He is no stranger to path He takes us on. He has passed through the dark valley and leads us onward, to quiet waters that run deep, to green pastures where He makes us to lie down in peace (Psalm 23:2).

As we pray this psalm, we remember that God’s comforts are not only for the here-and-now, but for all eternity. Indeed, the Apostle Peter reminds us, “And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of glory that will never fade away” (1 Peter 5:4). My cup overflows with the comforts of Christ. The Lord is my Shepherd. Thanks be to God.

Written by Caleb Faires

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  1. Tyler Dunkley says:

    Jesus is a good good father. A good shepherd. He knows everyone perfectly because he created us. I can be reminded today that no matter what happens, he is there with me and is walking with me. His presence will surpass all things and knowledge that happens. His love will prevail. Thank you Jesus.

  2. Kevin says:

    Day 10: The perfect comforter. Not sure why I go to earthly things for comfort. If it’s Netflix, or working out, sometimes I try to use these things as a comfort tool before bringing whatever it is to God. This probably isn’t the best thing to do as we have the best comforter in history on our side. I pray that we can go to him first in times of despair. And that we seek counsel from God and other godly men.

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