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EPISODE 262 – HIS ROD AND HIS STAFF 1

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Thursday 12th October, 2023

HIS ROD AND HIS STAFF 1


“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.

Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)


The Psalmist reveals how he will fear no evil no matter how he will be hedged in difficulty or threats. Because the Good Shepherd (who is the Lord) is with him.

You can read more on HOW TO FEAR NO EVIL, when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death here.

Beloved, you are under the care of the Good Shepherd. His presence with you is your confidence and audacity.

Remember I explained that, from the first verses of Psalm 23, the Psalmist was addressing his readers, and referred to the Shepherd as the third person – “HE”.

But from the verse 4, David begins to refer to the Shepherd in the second person – “YOU”.

He was no longer addressing his readers, he was now addressing his Shepherd. David revealed how he looked to the Lord in the midst of adversity.

“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. Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)

The assurance of David wasn’t just the consciousness that the Lord was with Him; it was also the comfort the Lord gives Him.

The thing is, the Lord doesn’t just want you to assume that He is with you. He makes your faith tangible. You see tangible manifestation or demonstration of His help, as you maintain confidence that He is with you.

When you really see and submit to the Lord as your Shepherd, you will trust His leadings and His voice. You will not esteem the challenges above the guard and guidance of the LORD.

The expression “YOUR ROD AND YOUR STAFF THEY COMFORT ME” is one of the most exquisite picturesque of our spiritual and practical relationship with the LORD (the Good Shepherd) in the scriptures.

David as a Shepherd used these items and the practice of Shepherds in his day, to paint a picture of how the LORD defends and directs him through his life’s journey.

A sheep is one of the most defenceless animals in God’s creation. Thus, a sheep depends absolutely on the shepherd for care, provision and protection.

Which means, the Shepherd must find a way to defend and guide the sheep. The Shepherd doesn’t only have a STAFF or crook, the shepherd also has a ROD.

The Rod is a thick stick with a knob at the end of it (it is like a policeman’s club) used defensively or offensively against predators.

Look at David’s testimony as a shepherd:

“But David persisted. “When I am taking care of my father’s sheep,” he said, “and a lion or a bear comes and grabs a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth. If it turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.” 1 Samuel 17:34-35 (TLB).

Now imagine the confidence and comfort the lamb will always have as it follows David. This is a picture of the protection David had when he thought of the Lord as his Shepherd. If David could defend and protect his sheep much more the LORD?

The LORD is the Good Shepherd who wields His rod (which is His power and authority) to protect us from every evil plot and adversity.

PRECIOUS ONE, THE LORD IS YOUR DEFENCE!!!

Hallelujah.

DIG DEEPER
(Deuteronomy 20:1; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 46:1,7; Isaiah 31:5; Zechariah 12:8; Psalm 18:2; Psalm 118:14-18)
 
WE PRAY
That in the midst of adversity in this world, we shall enjoy the defense of the Lord and nothing of us shall be afflicted by the enemy.
 
BIBLE READING IN THE YEAR 2023
Day 247
Isaiah 51 – 56
Romans 15-16
 
DECLARE THESE WORDS:
– I am under the care of the GOOD SHEPHERD.
 
– His presence with me is my confidence and audacity.
 
– I trust the voice and leadings of the LORD.
 
– I esteem the guard and guidance of the LORD above any challenge in my life.
 
– The LORD is my defense.
 
Oh Hallelujah.

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Vincent Mensah
Vincent Mensah
8 months ago

If David could go the extra mile to protect, guide and defend his sheep, how much more the LORD, THE GOOD SHEPHERD!!!

I tune myself under the leadings of the LORD

Francis
Francis
8 months ago
Reply to  Vincent Mensah

Woow Sir, I trust in my Good Shepherd

Pascal Ayedzi
Pascal Ayedzi
8 months ago

Wake. Thank you Jesus. I trust the voice and the leading of the Lord in my life. Glory to God

Francis
Francis
8 months ago
Reply to  Pascal Ayedzi

Glorrrreeeeeyyyyyy

Cyrille De-saba
Cyrille De-saba
8 months ago

Thank you Lord for being my sherperd.

Francis
Francis
8 months ago

Thank you Lord JESUS for being my Shepherd

Linda Teye
Linda Teye
8 months ago

I refuse to esteem the challenges above the guard and guidance of the LORD.
The Lord is the Shepherd of my soul

Francis
Francis
8 months ago
Reply to  Linda Teye

Hallelujah

Belinda Teye
Belinda Teye
8 months ago

Thank you Lord that you are my shepherd .
“Wrapping himself around me like a shield, I will never lack anything I need, for he provides it all!”
‭‭

Francis
Francis
8 months ago
Reply to  Belinda Teye

Ohh Thank you Lord JESUS

Emmanuel Opoku
Emmanuel Opoku
8 months ago

This is so much a good news. Ha! The Lord HIMSELF is my defence.

Francis
Francis
8 months ago
Reply to  Emmanuel Opoku

Ohh boi…What kind of Luxurious Love is this

Prince Semanu
Prince Semanu
8 months ago

Ever Good, forever the same.
Thank You dear Lord Jesus… You’re my good shepherd

Francis
Francis
8 months ago
Reply to  Prince Semanu

Thank you Lord JESUS

Andrews Kofi Sarpong
Andrews Kofi Sarpong
8 months ago

Psalms 44:3 New Living Translation (NLT)
They did not conquer the land with their swords; it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory. It was your right hand and strong arm and the blinding light from your face that helped them, for you loved them.
Indeed we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus because we have a great help that is from the Most High God Himself

Francis
Francis
8 months ago

The Lord our Great defender and helper

Francis
Francis
8 months ago

The Lord is my stronghold, strong tower, my Salvation and my song.

Francis
Francis
8 months ago

The Lord doesn’t just defend me, he is my comforter..I look unto Him my GREAT Comfort.

Simon Dotse
Simon Dotse
8 months ago

What then do I need to fear with all this provisions of my Shepherd. Thank You Lord for loving kindness

Obaapa
8 months ago

The Lord is a great defense of our lives, ooooh hallelujah

Benjamin okyere
Benjamin okyere
8 months ago

I trust the voice and leadings of the LORD

Daniel F. Agbosu
Daniel F. Agbosu
8 months ago

Such strong defense is not attained except in God. No wonder David has such strong mentality. I submit to the rod and staff of God

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