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Psalm 23

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

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
(Psalm 23 NIV)

Sometimes the pace of life seems overwhelming.  The demand for “more” is relentless.  More time, more money, more work, more play, more meetings, more deadlines, more food, more diets, more friends, more family, more business networking,  more everything.

In all our drive for “more”, do we often squeeze out time for God?  Where is He in our life pace and priority?

King David recognizes God’s provision and protection and sufficiency as he shares his worship experience with us.

Left to our own devices, we wear ourselves out chasing “more”.  David reminds himself (and us) that God is our Everything that satisfies our craving for “more”.

May we intentionally carve out time to allow God to refresh our soul (v. 3).  I am not asking you to add one “more” thing to your already overloaded calendar.  Instead, we must prioritize the one thing that will put all the “more” things in perspective.

C.S. Lewis, in a letter to a friend, said, “Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first and we lose both first and second things.”

Notice how David starts this psalm by referring to God in the third person:  “The Lord”, “He” (vv. 1-3).  After David has obeyed the Lord in quietness and rest and allowed the Lord to refresh his soul, he goes back into first person relationship with the Lord, referring to God as “You” (vv. 4-6).

When David allows God to refresh his soul (the first thing), he then recognizes God’s hand of provision and protection that will take care of all the “second” things like fears and enemies (vv. 4-5).

David’s conclusion?   Relationship with God first, through worship (v. 6), and the rest of the “more” things will prioritize themselves.

May we keep first things first, spending quiet times with God and allowing Him to refresh our souls.  Our change in perspective will be amazing.


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