Warmest (and a little rainy) Greetings!
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
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.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
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.
Psalm 23 rivals John 3:16 as probably the most well-known scripture passage in the Bible. It is a psalm of comfort in times of distress, and a beloved and treasured psalm that we often turn to time and time again to help remind us of our great God.
As I write this, it is raining outside. Rain that we have needed after such a hot beginning to summer. I can hear the birds chirping and it almost sounds like they are joyfully singing in the shower. I imagine the plants giving a sign of relief at the refreshing drink of water. All creation, and the farmers, being thankful for the provision of rain and it reminds me of Psalm 23. Psalm 23 speaks of our shepherd who cares well and deeply for his flock. It tells of our God who refreshes our soul and walks with us in this life.
In July, we are going to use this Psalm in worship as our foundation for reminding each of us who God is and how he is truly our good shepherd. Our God desires to lead us to green pastures and still waters where our souls can be refreshed. For so many of us, this is a much-needed reminder after the disorienting and isolating past 15+ months. Our shepherd never abandoned us, but walked with us, and even now desires to take our burdens upon him and give us rest if only we come under his yoke and care. May this next month help each of us remember and experience the tender and soul refreshing care of our shepherd.
Yours in Christ,