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15. The Staying of the Savior: Thou Art With Me

Psalm 23:4dMarch 18

        I love how this part of the psalm turns personal. Not only has the writer been saying me rather than us, now he no longer speaks about the Shepherd in the third person, but turns it to a direct address. He says "You are with me." The Shepherd does not lead us where He Himself has never trod. No, He leads us on paths first trailed by the Son of God. No temptation has He not faced, no sorrow has He not shared, no joy nor triumph has He not seen, no loss has He not experienced. He has been there.
Psalms 118:6 says, "The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" But from this side of the cross, it is even more than that. No longer is the Shepherd merely by my side, and with me. Jesus said it is better that He went away so that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit would come and live within me.
        Could it get any better? Well, actually yes. There are the assurances of God’s Holy Presence not on being in me, but also staying w…