The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.
He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake.
Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff – they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.
Psalm 23 (HCSB)
I love my chair. It’s one of my favorite places in all the world. When we travel a lot, I almost become giddy thinking about returning home and being back in my chair.
It’s where I read and think and journal and pray. “He lets me lie down in green pastures.” Green pastures … lush food for His sheep to find in abundance. That’s what my Shepherd Lord does for me in this chair of mine.
BUT, as I continue reading the psalm, “He leads…” comes next. He leads me beside quiet waters, He leads me along right paths … this denotes an action. I have to get out of my chair!
He has fed me, He has met with me, and now He wants me to follow Him. Quiet waters, right paths, even the darkest valley should not be cause for striving or fear.
As our Shepherd mobilizes us, we can follow with great anticipation for the journey ahead because, “You are with me, Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Let’s take courage today as He gets us out of our chairs and moves us forward, as we move others forward for His kingdom purposes, “for His name’s sake.”
We can rest assured knowing not only is He leading us, but He is also pursuing us! He has hemmed us in with His presence. “Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.” Amen and amen.
Pray for God’s peace to bring reconciliation and to overcome any hatred, conflict and war. Pray for followers of Jesus to arise as messengers of His hope to the hopeless and the oppressed. Pray for repentance, forgiveness and unity in the church, across denominations and traditions.