Faith & Life: Experiencing Peace Through Times of Unrest
God is my Lord, Shepherd, and peace that passes all understanding
by Joanne Troppello
Psalm 23 is one of my favorite Psalms. I wrote a Sunday Inspiration column, The Lord is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want back in May. I believe with my whole heart that God is my provider.
“My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” – (Phil. 4:19-20, NKJV)
True, God is not like an ATM machine. He will not supply me with an unlimited amount of money to satisfy my every whim. However, He will provide what is needed each day. I don’t have everything I want, but I have everything I need because God provides.
I’ve been a Christian for a long time, 31 years. I got saved at a young age and have seen God provide throughout the years. I grew up in a large family with nine children. My mom had four children and she and my dad adopted five. Things were tight financially, but we always knew God would provide for our needs.
He is my Shepherd. His Holy Spirit comforts me. God’s grace and peace are true each day. I honestly don’t know how I would make it through everyday—especially in the unrest and uncertainty today—without God, my Shepherd watching over me.
God, the True Shepherd
11 ‘For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God. 16 “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.” - (Ez. 34:11-16, NKJV)
If you’ve read any of my columns here at Mustard Seed Sentinel or over at Medium.com, you likely know that I like to read and write poetry. I wrote a poem called, David’s Song based on the truths he wrote about in Psalm 23.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I never need want.
I’m led to green pastures beside cooling streams
where He restores my weary soul,
from everlasting to everlasting.
I’m guided through paths of righteousness.
Praise His holy name.
He takes me through the valley
and I am not afraid, I fear no evil.
He is with me, an ever-present comfort.
My table has been provided for
in abundance, my head anointed
my cup overflows.
Goodness and love they will be
my bright shadow following
me everywhere I go.
I will dwell in His house forever.
© Joanne Troppello
Sunflower Quest: Bible Time with Granny Ari & Granny Bri - Psalm 23
God’s peace truly does pass all understanding.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – (Phil. 4:7)
Have you experienced God’s peace that passes all understanding?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.