Psalm 23 (ESV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
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 goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Sometimes in life things come at you in a slow trickle and other times they gang up and hit you like a category 4 hurricane. So far 2016 has been like a hurricane for us battering us from all angles.
As I had my devotions this morning I focused on Psalm 23 verse by verse.
Verse 1: No matter what I don’t have to want for anything.
Verse 2: Unaldurated stress-free rest throughout life.
Verse 3: Refreshment of our inner soul + worry-free guidance from above.
Verse 4: Fears become an unknown, even when facing our worst adversities. Even death cannot faze us!
Verse 5: We are provided for, even amidst penniless circumstances.
Verse 6: Love from above becomes our constant.
One thing we will realize sooner or later: When we think we are in charge, we truly are not!
However when we hand everything, and I mean everything: house keys, wallet, job concerns, health worries, broken relationship and anything else that may occupy our thoughts, to God, something particularly special happens. Worry seems to evaporate into nothingness. God is truly in control!
It's true that at times some concerns seem to reappear from seemingly nowhere, but each time this happens, we need to ask our self: Have we left that particular concern in God's hands? Or have we stolen it back?
Give it to God and leave it in His control!
Dear Lord, we thank You for the rest that You grant to each of us. We thank You that You are in control of everything. Help us to give our worries and concerns to You and not take them back. In The Name of Jesus, Amen.