Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from Psalm 23: 1-6. This Psalm is so well known and recited in so many situations. The Lord’s Prayer given by Jesus (Matthew 6) and Psalm 23 fill sermons and teachings the end over. Have you considered how the literal implementation of Psalm 23 would look in your life?
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Have you ever questioned God? Have you ever poured out your heart to Him, asking WHY? As you have looked at the wake left behind you, and the path ahead of you? Perplexed you feel that you can not understand the reason, the purpose, or how you are supposed to carry on!
David cried out to God here that He guided him for God’s glory. The paths that God has directed us on are the “right” or correct paths! I have laid prostrate, crying out to God for His wisdom. I have seen His staff firmly correct my path and direction. With my little understanding, I struggled as to the reason or purpose for His path.
Through my tears and cries, God whispered to me. His voice reminded me not to fear. He reminded me of what I believe. Reminded me of who He was, is and is to come. God assured me that there is no place, no valley, on earth that I could be without His presence.
My questions were not answered, but my soul was comforted. My soul was filled with joy overflowing!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you that there is nowhere that you are not. Your spirit is within me and guides me in Your paths. Although I don’t understand, where I am right now, I choose to turn to your face. I choose to trust You and rest in your pastures. You have anointed me and through Your works, may You will be glorified!
In Jesus’ name, Amen