All three psalms in today’s reading were beautiful, but truly there is a reason The 23rd Psalm is one of the most beloved scriptures in all the Bible. And as I read it again today, it still stirred in my soul!
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
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.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
-Psalm 23 (KJV)
The central theme of this passage is that we are not abandoned by God even when this world is tough. The Psalm does not promise ease, in fact it assures us of the exact opposite and yet in spite of the turmoil, with The Lord as our shepherd it will feel like we are already dwelling in His house.
Every line of this Psalm has gravity. Read it very slowly and discover how each point is speaking to some aspect of your life.
Today the line “I shall not want” is what stirred my heart. The more I have of Jesus the less material things I want for myself, the less emotional want I need from others to make me feel good about myself. The more I have of Jesus the less I want this world!
I want more of Jesus because I want to want less!
What line or lines spoke to you?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Job 15, 16