This year I have come to love and appreciate Psalm 23. I’ve read it over and over. Used it at funerals. Read other authors about it.

One author that I’ve really enjoyed is Haddon Robinson. His short book, “Trusting the Shepherd: Insights from Psalm 23” has been a great read! Discussing verse four that says, “thy rod and staff they comfort me,” Robinson asks us to consider what we would gain from asking why.

“Why the road was icy just then? Why was the loved one on that fatal flight? If God merely gave us answers –scientific or philosophical explanations for our bruising questions — how much comfort would that give us? A child isn’t comforted by being told why his toy broke or why her finger was bruised in the car door or why he must be given the shot. The child is comforted by knowing that his mother loves him and believing she can do something about his hurt.”

You can clearly see in Robinson’s illustration that the comfort a child depends on rests on his faith that his parent is there for him and has his best welfare in mind. God’s strength — His rod and staff — give the sheep a sense of comfort knowing that strength is used for the good of the sheep.

God has been proving Himself strong in my life. At the moment, the “whys” have faded to black as the goodness, mercy and grace of Jesus have shown through all the static of life.

Thank you Lord for your goodness to me, so undeserving, yet so grateful!