The Ever-present Shepherd

[The following Christian Science program of the above title was presented on Sunday, June 3, over the Columbia Broadcasting System "Church of the Air." The speaker was Carl J. Welz.]

How would you like to be free of want—to feel at rest with all needs supplied, with no turmoil, no discord; to feel alive, anticipating each moment in absolute confidence that good alone will come to pass; to walk without fear, even in the face of death; never to feel alone, never in doubt, never uncertain of a single step; to know that you will be cared for even when things seem blackest; to have so much joy that it overflows; to have nothing but good every day of your life; and to have a magnificent house to live in forever?

Is this the dream of an impractical idealist? No. These promises were written by a man who suffered many hardships, who won many victories, a wise man who knew enough to trust God. The man was King David. The promises are found in the twenty-third Psalm: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."

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