“The LORD is my Shepherd,” So begins the Psalm that has touched multitudes of people deeply down through the ages. That truth of God Almighty having such a close and endearing relationship with us brings security in the throes of chaos, guidance in the face of confusion, and comfort in times of anguish.
We all know what it is like to encounter a reassuring presence. In a safe and stable home, the encounter is first experienced in the arms of a caring parent tending to a need or wiping away a tear. As we grow older, we encounter others who provide a sense of wellbeing by their very presence. We have confidence that this is a person who can handle whatever may arise.
Of course, no human being can fill that bill perfectly.