In the twenty-third Psalm, the Holy Spirit provides what you need to make your life count for God in 2017. Whatever issues you may face this Psalm provides the biblical framework for you to make a difference for God.
Here are two principles to get your started:
God is your shepherd (verses 1-2).
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
The first two verses of Psalm 23 make a strong statement: God is your shepherd! What kind of shepherd do you think God is going to be to you? Will he be forgetful of your needs? Will he ignore you when you call?
David knew what kind of shepherd his God was. So he makes the bold statement that if God is his shepherd he had no needs. He will provide green pastures and peaceful streams.
The immediate response you could make is where are those green pastures and peaceful streams. You could say your life is anything but peaceful. David using the green pastures and peaceful streams as metaphors to describe the blessing of God’s presence in your life. Because he is with you, nothing is happening by accident. Psalm 23 does not ignore the harsh realities and pain of life. But it does say that the nearness of God to you is your greatest good.
God gives you want you need (verse 3).
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Look at what God provides — the strength and the direction to bring honor to his name. In 2017 is this your goal — to bring honor to God’s name? If you are committed to God he will give you all the strength you need to follow him. He has given the life of his Son as a guarantee that he can be taken at his word.
So when things seem overwhelming or out of control start with reality that God is your Shepherd. He is faithfully caring for you, even in the storm. Teach this comfort of God being your shepherd to your children. He is your peace, not your children’s good behavior.
Meditate on these things! We will look at the remaining three verses in an upcoming post.