Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Psalm 23 (ESV)
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

It’s been a busy week and it’s not half over – deadlines at work, family obligations, carpools, school events, traffic, and the dog made a mess on the carpet again. Welcome to today!
Psalm 23, written by King David, beckons us to slow down and meditate on God’s goodness. David paints a word picture of God, The Shepherd, leading us to a beautiful pasture. There we are comforted, fed and restored.

It’s a beautiful picture, but when we sit in rush hour traffic it’s hard to image ourselves at a beautiful table prepared for just for us.
Jesus understands that we are busy and that the demands of life can overwhelm us. He spoke these words to comfort us:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

When we become followers of Jesus Christ and join Him on the way, He provides rest for our souls. Because of His saving work on the cross, the burden of sin has been lifted from our shoulders. In Jesus we are free of guilt and can rest contented at the end of the day.

God, The Shepherd, loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us on the cross (John 3:16). He has prepared a place for us and will take us there (John 14:3). Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Merciful God, You are the Good Shepherd. Draw us close to You. Help us to seek You. Amen.