Is Jesus far away?

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Psalm 23.

It’s probably one of the most common psalms in the whole Bible. Almost everyone knows “the Lord is my shepherd”.

I memorized Psalm 23 as a kid, but most of my life I viewed God as a distant shepherd. I pictured God sitting up in the clouds somewhere, smiling down on me, blessing me — but not actually with me.

Psalm 23:4 says that even in the valley of the shadow of death, He is with me. He is walking through every trial wth me, hand in hand. He is personally leading me through every difficulty. He is aware and deeply involved in each season of my life.

Be encouraged today and remember that Jesus is close. He’s the Good Shepherd (John 10), and He’ll never leave you nor forsake you.

Here’s a rap I wrote based on Psalm 23. Enjoy!

 

You are my Shepherd, throughout every season

Even through the times I turned my back on You, treason

My heart was frozen, freezin’, but You thawed it

My righteousness, You bought it by Your sacrifice, Your mercy gave me life/

 

Your kindness is upon me, it follows & overshadows me

You’ve weighed me on Your merciful scales & balances

All throughout my challenges

Disgraces & the times that I stumbled

Your grace is with me, I’m humbled/

 

You view me through the lenses of love, rose-colored glasses

When I’m with my shepherd, I’ve found that the grass is

Greener, still waters are cleaner, Your righteousness is mine

Your mercy’s what I find, found, when I was blind, bound/

 

Walking in the darkness, You opened up my eyesight

The Lord is my lamp, salvation, He is my light

The Lord is my shepherd, every breathe, every step

The sheep hear His voice, He speaks, every choice

He leads me by the still brook

Keeps me on that narrow path, with a shepherd’s hook/

 

You laid down Your life, there’s scars on Your wrists

I was fatherless, my heart was like a stone, numb

But then You called me Your own son

I was afraid, I wasn’t sure if I would be accepted

But now I’m at Your right hand, forever not rejected/

 

Leaning on those everlasting arms, they embrace me

My heart tends to stray, but Your mercies always chase me

Back to the path, there’s so much You can teach me

Your shepherd’s staff is long enough to reach me

You’ll keep me, You’ve got me, Your love is agape

My shepherd is for me, tell me who could ever stop me?/