The 23rd Psalm means so much to me while having MS.
During the first couple of years of having MS my world was greatly shaken up. I felt very transparent and that people could see right thru me. All my skills had left me and I became like a child who had aged 40 years. I felt very sad and mourned & lamented my loss. The Lord comforted and strengthened me during those first years, and my intimate experiences were in verses 1-3:
- 1 THE LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
- 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
- 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
In subsequent years of enduring my trial most people treat me like I’m well but I’m still very sick. My walk with the Lord is personal and is reflected in verses 4-5:
- 4 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.
- 5 THOU preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: THOU anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
The Lord will always be with me and it’s reflected in verse 6:
- 6 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.
My life has always included the Lord, but in the beginning of my trial with MS He especially calmed and comforted me. During the hardest part of my trial the Lord is close to me and is “Thou.” Now I feel that the Lord is once again “the Lord.”