Psalm 23, My Thoughts
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
And yet I want all the time.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
I’m not tired, so I don’t obey and rest.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
I don’t like to get wet so I end up taking the rocky road.
3 He restores my soul.
When I let Him.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
I’ll see those paths when I take time with Him, “later”.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
But I’ll grumble about it as I walk.
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Thank you for being with me and comforting me Lord, but could you make life easier?
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
Thank you for my protection, but could you explain what I should do now?
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
And yet I still ask for more.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
Because I’ll learn to obey and follow You “some day”.
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Because you are a gracious God and love me anyway.
Whose Path Am I On Anyway and How Did I Get Here? (Psalms 23)
How many times do we struggle to do things of our own free will, and then wonder why things don’t go our way? We’re on the right path one day and knocked off the next without realizing it. My prayer for you dear friend is that you have the patience to wait for God to show you what He is doing in your life, the wisdom to understand, the strength to bear what He allows to come your way even if it’s not easy, time to spare for Him and to hear His Word, and the love for the Lord and your family with much grace to spare towards others.
In a world where we’re being formatted like a computer disk to rush, get more done, and faster, we seem to get lost in the hustle and bustle. And somehow God gets lost from our lives too. When nothing seems to change and you don’t see that you’re making a difference in the kingdom of God, it’s time to take a vacation from the world. Easier said than done, I know.
This goes back to my most popular question – what’s it going to take for you to get fed up enough to get off the merry-go-round of “busyness” and take time for God, family, and self?
There are many sayings that we’ve all heard because many of us go through the same things. “When momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy!” Heard that one? “Life’s too short to buy green bananas.” How about that one? “Behind every great man there’s a great woman.” If that woman is off saving the rest of the world, that great man falls or never becomes great. Okay I made that last one up, but you get the picture. Sometimes the rewards of helping our family does not give us the same “feel good” feeling as it does helping at church or outside of the home where people recognize us for our good deeds. So it’s easy to get caught up in doing good for others and not putting God and family first.
Romans 7:18 – 20 says, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”
This is a perfect example of why we must stay steadfast in our walk with God and read His word as our protection against those things we do not wish to do. But alas, our material world is making it more difficult to make a living. In striving to do better, help our children pay for college, or just have an easier life, we lose some sight of God and His plans.
But remember, when we put God first in our life, the rest falls into place. It may not be easy. James 1:2-4 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” I would love to be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Though I know I’ll never get there without putting the Lord first, studying His word, and sharing the gospel with others.
Read Psalms 23, then memorize it, because you will surely walk, be led, guided, anointed, and more… throughout your life. You’ll need His words to help you during these times.
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