Daily Word #16: New Ways to Think About Psalm 23 Part 1
Psalm 23 (KJV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 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. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 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 is possibly one of the most renowned and well-known pieces of scripture from the Bible across the world. It can be seen posted or heard talked about in almost every Christian organization.
As humans, anything that we come into contact with over and over becomes so familiar that we often take them for granted and not pay close attention to the meaning they may carry. Likewise, when we encounter the Psalm 23 we may fall into that line of thinking and believe we know what the scripture means.
In Hebrews 4:12 (NLT), Paul wrote, about the word of God (the Bible) being alive and a living word. Also, he wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16–17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” The Bible has never changed, but yet it always seems to inspire changes in us when as we read through it. As Paul said, the Word of God will always have something to teach us, even from the familiar passages.
Are You allowing God to lead you?
God has promised never to leave us, nor forsake us, and we know he is always in control, but He also has given us free will which means He gave us a choice to allow Him to lead our lives or not. When we do not surrender control to Him, it means we are leaning on the desires of our own hearts.
Psalms 23 (verse 1-3) opens by showing what we gain from allowing God to lead our lives. When we give Him control of our lives:
- God meets our needs.
- He gives us peace.
- He restores us.
- He leads us down a path of righteousness.
If your world seems chaotic or unfulfilling, ask yourself, “Am I allowing God to lead me?”
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