“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod 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 runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”
-Shepherd in Hebrew is written as roi which means to pasture, tend, direct, teach, associate with etc. Shepherd has been used several times in the Bible including; Joseph’s brothers were pastoralists & came to Egypt during the famine (Gen 46:3-4), God warns the shepherds who destroy & scatter the sheep of His pasture (Jer 23:1), Moses protected Zipporah & her six sisters from the shepherds & watered their flock (Exo 2:19-20), the words of God our Shepherd are wise (Ecc 12:11-13), Jesus is the good Shepherd (Jn 10:11) etc.
-As we begin this year, let us ask God to shepherd us in all things & there is nothing we shall lack. As our Shepherd; God has promised to provide for us, restore us, lead us in paths of righteousness, protect us from all evil, comfort us, anoint our heads with oil, grant us rest & give us abundant blessings. Further, Gods’ goodness & mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives & we shall dwell in His house forever. Christ calls us to believe in Him & His word despite our shortcomings; & His grace will manifest in our lives, families & nation now & forever.
We thank You Abba Father for You have always been good to us; Your mercies endure forever. You have continually protected us, provided for us, guided our thoughts & deeds; & have shown us unending mercy. We give You thanks & praise for always encouraging us through our sorrows & joy, challenges & victory. We humbly beseech You Jesus to open the eyes of our hearts; so that we may see You in our walk of faith & follow Your voice as You shepherd us this year. Give us comfort, strength, love, joy, peace, faith, wisdom & many more graces throughout the Year Lord our faithful Father. You are our only Shepherd Jesus; we shall not lack any good thing for Your name’s sake. All glory & praise belong to You Lord; now & forever. Amen
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