A New Perspective

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

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
forever.

My husband, Rick and I were married by a justice of the peace and he read this scripture during the ceremony. It freaked me out, because up until that point I had only heard this read at funerals, and honestly I was thinking my wedding was a funeral of sorts. In my mind it was the death of myself and the death of my freedom or so I thought. Little did I know that God would use this marriage to lead me along the path He had chosen for me.

This week it comes back to me in a fresh new light. It really speaks to me about the journey God has me on right now. Recently coming out of a wilderness period in my life, this scripture continues to provide comfort to me as I step out in faith to follow God’s plan for my life. It helps me to boldly declare His plans for me regardless of what others think. It speaks to me about the abundant life God has for me, here and now, not just in heaven.

What images does this scripture invoke in you?

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