Psalm 23:1-6 “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth 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 thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
If you were forced to pull over on the road of your life today, would it be an inconvenience or would you fret, stew and fidget over what it is you feel you would be missing, unable to accomplish or where it is you felt you needed to be?
This Psalm has been used as a comfort to many. But do we truly realize the He said – “He maketh me…” and “He leadeth me…” We are taught to ‘be in control of our destiny, forge our way to success. Yet, in the Christian life, it is seemingly the opposite. Being led by Another, told, commanded and truly submitted to the Captain of our souls goes against the one striving to make a name, working to become financially secure, achieving a place in the workaday world.
So, when sickness comes, when home issues become so great that we need to take time off, we become unsettled, uneasy and unaccustomed to the slower pace and the redirection of energies doesn’t seem to be going in the direction of our profitability and success. Take Sundays for instance…
Genesis 2:2-3 “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
The sabbath, which for the Jew is Saturday and the saved is Sunday; is the day that was to be set aside to rejuvenate, recharge and revive; so to begin our Monday with renewed energy. What ever happened to Sunday being a day of rest? We fill our weekends with activities, so much so that we need a rest from the weekend.
I feel this could be a whole topic of study, but just a thought today… ‘If God had to pull me aside – MAKE me to lie down in those green pastures – would I be able to realize that is was for my own good? Our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading would be the litmus test for how we would act or react.
We have many a ‘divine appointment’ in every day. When we wake, we have an appointment with His Word and in His presence in prayer. It is there where our tone and attitude begin.
Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Are you at peace? If not, why not? Having our minds stayed upon Him is the only way to start our day. It is where we return when we are overwhelmed. But often God needs to pull us aside to get a bit more sleep; give our minds and soul a rest from the rat race.
So, if and when God pulls you aside to make you sit by the still waters, immerse yourself in His fellowship. Embrace the opportunity to be in the presence of the One with whom we will spend eternity. Let God’s Word wash over your soul today. Stay in prayer till you feel His presence and allow God to minister to you. He longs for sweet fellowship with His children and hopes we feel the same about His!