Good evening! I wanted to get today’s post done early. I’ve started the previous two days but by the time I was done playing with the dogs, or dealing with one interruption or another it wasn’t until the following day that the post was done. Why is it that we put off the things we know we should be doing? Or, even the things we want to be doing? How is it that the urgent crowds out the necessary? Are we really free? or are we slaves to the urgent? You do what you know!
Now for the turn you aren’t expecting. Why is it that so many have the 23rd Psalm printed up and distributed when they’re dead? So many live their life as if they lacked everything. Their lives were anything but green pastures and quiet waters. The Lord did not refresh their soul, nor where they guided along the right paths. They looked to government in their darkest valley, and feared all sorts of things. And then they die, and this is what they want? Or is that what we want for them?
I submit that we need to live Psalm 23 now! Then, when we are dead, our lives will speak Psalm 23 into those we leave behind in ways that these words could not do by themselves. There is, after all, power in a life lived following the LORD my shepherd.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 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.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
When things look like the darkest valley, if the LORD is your shepherd, you need not fear evil. May goodness and love flow out of my overflowing cup. If that’s what I know, I need to prove it by what I do. It is time to bring the way I live my life into congruence with how God says life should be lived. I’ve been saying that for some time. Now the challenge of living it! If I can, it will be proof that with God, all things are possible!