Monday, September 04, 2006

Psalm 23

Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul. He guides 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 love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

So many times we think of this passage as a "funeral prayer." And, while it is a comfort in times of sorrow, that isn't the only purpose we can find for this passage. It's also a reminder of Who should be in control of our lives. I am certainly not capable of calling the shots in my own life. Every time I try, I botch things up worse than I could have possibly imagined. But when I "let go and let God," things work out more wonderfully than I could have dreamed. When I turn loose, I allow myself to enjoy the peace of being in God's almighty hands. I can more fully appreciate the extent to which He blesses my life.

Lord, help me to let go.

1 comment:

lizzie said...

Hi. I sang Psalm 23 for a solo when I was a Freshman in High School. I wasn't a very good singer at that time because I didn't pronounce my words all that clearly.