Psalm 23 is one of those passages I don't think about all the time, but when I need it (or when God wants to remind me of the truths in it), it bubbles up to the surface. It is part of the fabric of my life -- part of the roots and rhythm and legacy of faith given to me by my parents and church family.
- When I get too busy or chaotic: “He makes me lie down.”
- When I am jealous or feeling forgotten: He reminds me these are “green pastures,” “my cup overflows,” and He leads me “for His name's sake”...not my own.
- When I am convicted: “His rod and staff comfort me.”
- When I am worried, affronted, or afraid: “He is with me, I will fear no evil.”
- When my life seems to run counter to everything my culture says is important: “He is my shepherd,” “He anoints me,” “He leads.”
- When I want to focus on here: I remember “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Because it's not about here, it’s about there.
...more on that tomorrow!