Thy Rod and Thy Staff!
Our meditation this am is taken from:-
“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.”
Most of us would have recited this Psalms daily for comfort and trust in our Mighty God.
Our focus today is in verse 4 with these words “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
The Lord wants us to remember Him today as our Shepherd. As His sheep, we hear His voice speaking to us to lead and guide us. As our Shepherd He wants us to know that He would care for us as a true Shepherd would do.
In verse 4, we are asked not to fear for His “Rod” and “Staff”, they will comfort us and therefore let’s consider how the rod and staff make us safe in the hands of a Shepherd.
I have an image to give you a little idea what they look like and how a Shepherd uses them!
We see that a staff is a long stick with a hook at the end, used to guide the sheep back to the flock whenever one strays.
So spiritually, we know the good Shepherd would use His staff to lead a believer back when such a person strays away. That’s why scriptures keep reminding us to give first importance to prayers meetings, gathering together to study and pray together, allow the Lord’s Rod and staff to comfort us. Whenever I am in such a meeting, I have greater peace and love for Him! You too must have such experience, isn’t it?
As to the “Rod” it is a short stick made in the share of a “club” so that we can defend ourselves from the attack of the enemy. David used it to club the lion and bear to death!
So brethren, trust our great Shepherd. He has given you His Staff and Rod for your safety!
Let’s remember He wants us by His side, within range of the Staff. We too have His Rod in our hands. Let’s use it to club the devil for our safety and stay a conqueror of lions and bears as David did!