We all know the “Lord is my shepherd” chapter. It’s a famous passage, right up there with the Lord’s prayer and John 3:16, but did you notice the slight shift that comes in verse 4?
In verses 1-3, David speaks nicely of God. He feeds me, He quenches my thirst, He finds me a shady spot to rest my head. Very idyllic. But look what happens in verse 4! When we enter into the Valley of the Shadow of Death (an actual place, so I hear), David stops referring to God as Lord and starts referring to Him as You. You are with me. You comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the midst of my enemies. When things get hard, David’s relationship with God becomes very personal. Not until David speaks of heaven does he return to speaking of God as by His kingly title of Lord.
Jesus invited us to refer to God as Abba, Daddy. David holds his Savior tight. We too are invited to hold tightly to our Father in the midst of trouble. We need Him always, but especially in those times. Our knee-jerk reaction is to estrange ourselves from Jesus when times of trouble. God invites us to draw closer than we have ever been.
Over and over again,
Jesus tells us who He is,
what He will do
And even though we acknowledge
what He is saying
and His ability to do it,
we are still mystified by Him.
Mary His own mother,
every single one of us
are amazed by Him
when He makes good His promises
maybe because we have a seed of cynicism
but more likely because Jesus,
God, the Holy Spirit
Triune and Complete
remain incomprehensible and awesome
because that is their nature.
They are greater,
they are above
The Majestic that lives right beside us
Let us meet Them in the secret place
where they work wonders
and hear the whispers of Their heart to ours,
so that we too might be amazing.
I’ve been the inquisitor
Now I just want to hug
What good has judgement wrought?
Only to scare people away
I don’t want to do that
I want people to feel safe and loved
So that we might grow as one together.
Intimacy is a place
where truth and connection meet,
they shake hands,
they merge into one.
If you’re ever struggling to find me,
look for me there,
I’m always seeking it out where it is to be found.
And if you ever find me anywhere else,
return me home.