Psalm 23 is one of the most popular passages in God’s Word. And even those that have never read a Bible can recite the beautiful song of comfort written by David. When we receive Jesus as our Savior, we join the flock of the Lord, with Christ as our Great Shepherd. With His unbreakable rod and staff, the Lord comforts and frees us from evil. How? The shepherd’s rod was one of many functions. It could kill an enemy threatening any sheep, or poke a bush to find a snake. With its crook it grabbed and rescued wayward little lambs, bringing them back into the safety of the fold. And at night each sheep was touched by the rod in counting, ensured all were present and none lost. All done with the greatest of care and love. And just like the sheepfold protected by its shepherd, our Lord and Savior will be by our side protecting us through even the darkest of valleys.