Often when I read the 23rd Psalm I think of God being with me in the valley. My mind conjures up a scene of Him walking beside me. Though He is always with us the story the psalmist is telling is that He is our shepherd. A shepherd always goes before the sheep.
Our Shepherd Jesus has gone ahead of us through tears as He wept with his friends. He has gone first through Gethsemane’s sorrow and then Calvary’s suffering. He has gone ahead to the throne with His sacrifice and He waits our arrival with the reward of an eternal life with Him.
That is why He can most tenderly wipe away any tear. There He will heal all disease. He will restore every loss. He will last of all remove even the shadows of death and lead us by the River of the water of Life. What a promise we have and what an amazingly Good Shepherd we follow!