I have read the 23rd Psalm more than once. I understand it far greater today than ever. I was only 18 years old when I heard it for the first time. My dad has just died and my mom picked this chapter to be read and printed at his funeral. For many years, I would read it and think it was for people who died. Then one day, the Lord opened my mind to the living. If you read each verse, you can feel what God does in words.
Psalm 23 New International Version (NIV)
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
I SHALL NOT WANT ~
There comes a point when we learned to rest in God. He wants the best for us and when I look back, I only see goodness and love. I became determine to stay in the house of Lord forever. That's not only a physical sense but mental too. Resting in God's presence is so important all the days of life. It can be hard because we are hit with family/friends who die too soon in some cases and old age in others. No matter what, it's becomes a new normal when we loose that person who means so much. Learning to take a deep breath as we think about them. God is good and able to help us daily with thoughts. We learn patterns of life and sometimes we must break those patterns. Going outside the box of thoughts and allow God freedom to mend a broken heart.
Read the 23rd Psalm again and read it for you today. Read the part over and over how God refreshes out soul. He can't refresh us if we don't let him.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.