At times when we face fear, it may be difficult to be still and find rest.  David, the writer of the 23rd Psalm, knew the value of having sheep trust their shepherd.  David cared for his father’s flock of sheep and since they trusted David, they were able to rest in the green pastures without fear knowing that David would protect them.

In Psalm 23, we read, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:” KJV   David knew that he could trust the Lord and compared himself to the sheep.  David knew that he lacked nothing from the Lord and that he could find rest in Him.

When fear strikes, it can take our focus off the most important thing, our faith in the Lord, and we can become restless.  When we listen to the lies fear brings, we tend to focus more on the things we cannot control, and we give into the doubt, the questions, and the cycle of anxiety.  When in reality, when fear strikes, we can call upon the name of the Lord and seek Him to lead us to the still waters.  There are several key steps that we can take to be safe and be restored by the Lord.  We can make time to read the scriptures, we can pray, and we can give our fears, our doubts, and our anxiety to the Lord.  He will listen to our cry for help, He will take our cares and in exchange give us His peace.

Take time now and call out to the Lord, tell Him about every fear you have and the things which trigger your anxiety.  Allow Him to be your Shepherd, follow His lead, and find rest for your weary soul, and be restored.  Like a good shepherd, He is trustworthy, He will protect, and He will lead us to the safety where we can release our fears to Him and find rest and restoration.

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