Psalm 23: God, a Friend in the Midst of Our Sorrows

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.

 

Mary, Did You Know?

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,

The disciples

every single one of us

are amazed by Him

when He makes good His promises

maybe because we have a seed of cynicism

within us,

but more likely because Jesus,

God, the Holy Spirit

Triune and Complete

remain incomprehensible and awesome

to us

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.