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The Lord is my Shepherd

David's psalm about his Shepherd.
Contributed by Richard Gunther
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi
The Lord is my shepherd,I shall not want. <br/>This means the Lord will care for all my needs in every way, And He will care for me always for my good, even if there are times when it doesn’t look that way. – Slide 1
He makes me to lie down in green pastures. <br/>Sheep usually lie down when they feel safe and satisfied. This means that normally I am contented because all my needs have been met. – Slide 2
He leads me beside the still waters. <br/>Sheep don’t like drinking water if it is rushing and bubbling. This means God cares about every detail of my needs. – Slide 3
He restores my soul. <br/>Disobedience is not good for me and will cause me harm. A good shepherd loves his sheep and makes a way for them to grow strong, and healthy. – Slide 4
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. <br/>The paths of righteousness are the right ways. God wants me to do what is right, and be obedient. – Slide 5
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil. <br/>Now that I am a Christian, death is just a shadow. Before I became a Christian death was a horrible dread, but now it has faded into a harmless shadow. – Slide 6
For You are with me. <br/>I cannot see You, but I see my prayers being answered. In every place, all through my life, you are in charge. Even when it feels I am alone, you are watching over me. – Slide 7
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. <br/>God has a rod for defending me, and He uses a staff for rescuing me. The rod is a stick for striking my enemies, and the staff is a hook for pulling me out of trouble. – Slide 8
You prepare a table before me in the midst of my enemies. <br/>Even in the worst troubles, Your love can fill my heart. There is no problem too big for God to solve. God can help me escape or go through any trial. – Slide 9
You anoint my head with oil. <br/>You call me one of Your children. You place me in Your royal family. – Slide 10
My cup overflows. <br/>You have given me so many blessings I cannot contain them all. My life is like an overflowing cup. – Slide 11
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. <br/>I want to be a good person, and obey You in every way. I also want to show mercy, and love and patience with other people as You do. I want to be just like you Lord. – Slide 12
I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. <br/>This is my final and everlasting home. I want to always be one of your sheep, a member of your eternal family. – Slide 13
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