Psalm 23 (27 July 2020)

Morning Encounter:

Introduction

This week we are going to focus on Psalm 23 by breaking it down into sections for each day. This is perhaps one of the most famous of Psalms and has inspired countless works of art and music. It is often read at funerals, yet it isn’t about death but is an invitation to a way of life lived in the presence of an attentive and gracious God.

Psalm 23: The Good Shepherd

You, Lord, are my shepherd.
    I will never be in need.
     You let me rest in fields
    of green grass.
You lead me to streams
of peaceful water,
     and you refresh my life.

You are true to your name,
    and you lead me
    along the right paths.
 I may walk through valleys
as dark as death,
    but I won’t be afraid.
You are with me,
    and your shepherd’s rod
    makes me feel safe.

 You treat me to a feast,
    while my enemies watch.
You honour me as your guest,
    and you fill my cup
    until it overflows.
 Your kindness and love
will always be with me
    each day of my life,
    and I will live forever
    in your house, Lord.

 

Read:

You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need.
 

Reflect:

The Psalms often refer to God as king or deliverer. Shepherd is a more intimate metaphor. As David knew first hand, a shepherd was the flock’s protector, provider and physician. When the Psalm says ‘I will never be in need’ it doesn’t mean we will never require anything, but rather that we can settle in the knowledge that God knows what we need and will provide.

Respond:  Think of God as your shepherd today. If shepherd doesn’t work for you – consider what would be a good alternative metaphor.

Midday Meditation:

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.”

(Oswald Chambers)

Evening Reflection:

There are some who ask,
 “Who will be good to us?”
 Let your kindness, Lord, shine brightly on us.
 You brought me more happiness than a rich harvest of grain and grapes.
 I can lie down and sleep soundly because you, Lord, will keep me safe  

(From Psalm 4)

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