I’m reading The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives by Ravi Zacharias. I came across this elaboration on Psalm 23 and thought it might encourage you all today too.
The Lord is my Shepherd–that’s relationship!
I shall not be in want–that’s supply!
He makes me lie down in green pastures–that’s rest!
He leads me beside quiet waters–that’s refreshment!
He restores my soul–that’s healing!
He guides me in the paths of righteousness–that’s guidance!
For His name’s sake–that’s purpose!
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death–that’s testing!
I will fear no evil–that’s protection!
For You are with me–that’s faithfulness!
Your rod and the staff, they comfort me–that’s discipline!
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies–that’s hope!
You anoint my head with oil–that’s consecration!
My cup overflows–that’s abundance!
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life–that’s blessing!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord–that’s security!
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Zacharias goes on to say, “This broad but specific, sweeping but individual, assurance came from the pen of a man after God’s own heart. Only when you see this pattern for yourself can you see the breadth of God’s care for the cosmic scene and his personal care for your life. ” p. 51