Praying Psalm 23 from the Heart

The poetry and metaphors of Psalm 23 have comforted hearts of every generation. Picture the psalm as you read it below.

“The LORD is my shepherd;
 I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.

Yea, 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 runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Forever.” 

(Psalms 23:1-6, NKJV)

At a church I once attended, the pastor preached through this chapter showing 4 R’s of our relationship with God: rest, renewal, refuge, and reassurance. When we depend on God as our Shepherd, He provides the rest and renewal our souls desperately need. His presence with us becomes our refuge as we walk through life’s most dangerous valleys and as we face fierce enemies. We have the reassurance that His goodness and mercy will be with us all of our lives. What part of that rest, renewal, refuge, or reassurance do you need today?

 

 

Bible prayers, God’s provision and protection, Praying Psalm 23 from the Heart, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies