Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known Psalms. Most people can probably recite at least part of this Psalm of David. This Psalm was the next chapter in my daily reading one day last week and, in the midst of Pandemic2020, I read this Psalm very differently than I ever have.
Here are my thoughts…my “wonderings”…
Psalm 23 – A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
Sometimes in life we are forced to slow down & calm our hearts & our minds…not unlike lying down in a large green pasture & sitting beside still waters. We are called to slow ourselves down & quiet our minds to find some peace in the craziness of life.
Sometimes God creates those spaces & opportunities to help us reflect, rethink, and reprioritize our lives.
He invites us to pay attention to where our lives are headed instead of just drifting in the cultural current of our time.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
It is in these times of slowing…calming…reflecting…rethinking…reprioritizing…
that He restores our soul. He refreshes our hearts…rejuvenates our soul.
He helps us find His path through the busy-ness and the rat-race of life.
He does all this so that ALL will come to know Him through us. We are His modern-day prophets and our lives are to be His life & words in the flesh…so all will come to know Him and glorify His name.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
It is in these times that we are able to remember who is really in charge.
It is in these times that we are reminded that God has us in His hands.
It is in these times that we are reminded that God has a plan for us.
It is in these times that we realize we do not have to fear
because He has promised NEVER to leave us or forsake us.
He is our guide. He will guide us through the darkness. He will protect & comfort us.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Sometimes we need to slow down to remember that it is WE who are walking with God,
not God who is walking with us. It is a question of who is in the lead.
When I follow God,
His goodness and mercy overshadow everything.
His goodness and mercy fills me and overflows out of me.
His goodness and mercy compel me and spur me onward
into to the place He has prepared and is preparing for me.