“He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.” vss. 2-3
The 23rd Psalm is arguably one of the best-known and most appreciated portions of our scripture. Large numbers of people, even non-believers, are familiar with its verses and, in a pinch, could join in saying it at a worship service. The writer had an eye for the comforting qualities of creation and a good sense for what people are looking for in the chaotic and confusing circumstances of life. While there is a desire for freedom and independence in our youth, by the time middle age rolls around we’re glad to be directed, especially when our lord has an eye for what we need. The psalmist describes a bucolic setting, one that quietly offers peace and rest and that will restore our frazzled souls. But our shepherding God has more in mind for us than a pleasant vacation setting. There’s also the promise of direction on the journey that lies ahead. There’s more to life than comfortable beds, good food, and casual walks down plush fairways beside a meandering stream. We’ve been gathered by the shepherd for a purpose and our call always involves righteous action. We have choices to make as the journey continues and it’s not ever easy to see beyond the fork in the road. Oh, how we need direction! Oh, how we need to hear the whispered guidance of the indwelling Christ! What a blessing it is to feel the joy of being on the right path! It’s what we crave more than anything else!
Thought for the Day: Where have I found restoration for my soul?