Monday, June 21, 2010

psalm 23...

this psalm has been on my heart a lot lately.  we memorized it with the kiddos last summer, and i was almost hesitant to do it because it was so familiar to me. i mean, next to jeremiah 29:11 is one of the most merchandised verses out there.  i know for me, that has made me overlook the power packed in here. i could recite the words without even thinking about them. this verse was so familiar to me that is held no power anymore.  thankfully the word of god is alive and active and can pierce, even when i don't think it can.  there is so much comfort and power in this simple psalm.  i mean, phrases like "i shall not want," "you are with me," "my cup overflows," all bring me such comfort!  give it a read and see.

psalm 23
[1] The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
[2] He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
[3] He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 
[4] 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. 
[5] You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 
[6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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