Psalms 23: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 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. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
For years…. I always looked at this verse as one “just for funerals.” That was about the only time that I heard it. Why…. you wonder? Well…the why is because… I didn’t read the bible very much. In fact, I didn’t even own one until I was 50 years old. Don’t get me wrong… I was a “serious believer.” But, believe me…. I could have been a “much better Christian.” I guess you could say I was a small “c” Christian….I just didn’t realize it. Frankly, I thought that God and I were “pretty tight.” In reality, though… I think He just tolerated me.
My faith has been a WIP for many years, and still is to a great extent. But I NEVER really began to make much PROGRESS until I started reading the Bible. For many, this is the “only form” of communication with God. For some…or many… PRAYER comes HARD. But… it’s not until the Holy Spirit gets a “hold on your heart,” that you move more PRECISELY through the advanced “stages of Christianity.”
In Psalms 23… God is talking directly to us… through David. Read, seriously, each word… ever so S-L-O-W-L-Y. Each precise word is “intended” to make our Heart pump at “high-speed,” and our emotions to “jump.” This Psalm applies to “every day” living… not JUST FUNERALS. It applies to our job… our home life… our social life… and our spiritual life. Think about it. It is “all encompassing.”
God “has prepared a table” just for you… and just for me… for all of mankind. It’s up to us, though, to show up for diner. I INTEND…. on being there. Hope to see you there!
Thank you Lord… for LOVING me and being “my Protector.” .….Blessings…cjlb… 7/19/15.
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