I wrote a sort of explanation of what the 23rd psalms means to me. The lord is my Shepherd. I posted it with my poetry.
I would like to explain why this means so much to me. Among all the wonderful and hopeful words in the Bible, this psalm means the most.
When I was forty I suffered a heart attack. After trying all kinds of medication to get me back on my feet the doctor decided they would have to open me up and see what was going on in there. What they found was four arteries blocked. They had known about two of them but found two more.
Before the operation, the doctor came to my room and as is part of their drill advised me there was always a chance of me not coming through this alive, although he said the odds were sure in my favor.
I once had a lady tell me that if I had faith I could simply ask God to heal me and I would be healed. I could not explain to her that part of my faith was total trust in his hand. I could not bring myself to ask for anything. He knew and he knows what I need even before I do. So I simply try to trust in him. But I found myself facing the possibility of death and I needed to talk to him.
That was when I found the power in the words of this psalm. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
I would recite it every time I found myself overcome with fear and the fear found it now had no place for it and was gone. I have recited this psalm many times over the years. It is my way saying what my Lord Jesus Christ said, “not my will but thy will be done.”
There is a doctor’s office in town where my wife and I took a friend who needed transportation. On the wall is a picture of four doctors in an operating room. One of them is carefully guiding his scalpel toward the patient. Standing beside him and wearing a white robe is Jesus with hand outstretched to guide him.
I think that is the most beautiful picture I have ever seen because I know God and his son were in the room with the doctors who have three times operated on me to keep me alive and thriving.
Not my will but Gods will be done.