My mother wasn’t a real Bible-reading lady, but I remember as a kid suffering Charlie Horses, she would comfort me by quoting Psalm 23 in the King James version.
Since that time, this Psalm has always had a special place in my heart.
But what is it really mean for me today?
I decided to paraphrase the beautiful things the Lord does for me:
- He meets my basic needs
- He makes me rest
- He takes me through places of peace – like a calm stream
- He restores my soul just when I really need it – just when I run out of hope
- He helps me become more mature as a Christian and he does this so that He becomes big in my eyes
- Even though He doesn’t protect me from tough times, I don’t have to be afraid because He’s with me – and even when I don’t feel like He’s with me, somehow I am comforted
- His rod of discipline and the staff He guides me with give me comfort through the dark days because I know He has a good purpose in them
- And then sometimes when Satan and circumstances discourage me, He treats me as a fine guest with an overflowing cup, a full meal, and the equivalent of greeting an honored guest with oil at an ancient feast. I probably don’t even realize how gracious He is to me during tough times, how He carries me, and feeds me, and treats me like a guest…
- So I know His goodness and his mercy will be with me the rest of my life here – He proved it at the cross and he’s proved it my whole life.
- And I get to be with him forever, worshipping before the throne.
Amen and amen.