Before we dive into the intro of A Fresh Start tomorrow, let’s spend another day dwelling on the promise of rest from the Lord.
Today we’ll read Psalm 23, perhaps the most familiar of all Psalms:
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 paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
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.
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
Aaaand, deep breath.
It’s beautiful, isn’t it?
Could I ask you to do something? Could you read it once more, this time a little more slowly? Notice the various images of peace and rest, and allow them to sink in. Meditate on the words awhile.
. . .
Rest. Peace. Stillness. Provision. Guidance. Comfort. Restoration. Assurance. Confidence. Security. Blessing. Anointing. Belonging.
We are not promised freedom from trouble, but we are promised comfort and care, a shepherd with a watchful, compassionate eye. We are not promised victory over all our foes, but we are promised a place at the table, a place of belonging, the favor of the King. We are not promised an easy path, but we are promised rest and refreshment, goodness and mercy for each leg of the journey.
Let’s sit in this chapter today. Let’s lie down at the Good Shepherd’s feet and rest awhile, knowing He has never – not for one moment – stopped watching over us.
We’ll see you here tomorrow for the introduction to our next plan – A Fresh Start!