“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside the still waters.”
(Psalm 23:1-2 NKJV)
Reaching for my phone earlier this morning, I went on the YouVersion Bible app. Originally, I was looking for a particular scripture for one of my devotionals. But Psalm 23:1-2 quickly captured my attention as the verse of the day.
This is one of the most famous scriptures in the Bible. Lots of Christians know it. Even those who aren’t Christian have either seen or heard it. Maybe on a movie or TV show. It’s recited it at funerals or the hospital chaplain says it when someone is nearing the end of their life.
The overarching message of Psalm 23 and its entirety brings a message of God and His Peace.
I thought this scripture to be fitting seeing that the world is searching for solace and soul rest in the midst of a pandemic, civil unrest, and an unstable economy.
These two verses alone really shows the character of God and how loving and caring He STILL is. I know that there’s much more but I’ve found three KEY traits of God in these two verses that I cherish and believe that they’re worth sharing.
God is a God of providence, provision, and peace.
In a time like this, it’s vital to know this because battle for our minds and hearts is fierce. The deception and spin on who’s really in charge of our lives and all the aspects in it is at an all time high. In my studying of these scriptures, I took some notes in my journal describing our God that are so encouraging that I had to share.
“The LORD is my shepherd;” (Psalm 23:1)
As God being our shepherd, He knows what’s best for us and the world at large. He is a personal guide navigating us through the terrains of life. Also, He has a much better scope of it (including dangers seen and unseen) than we do. God is sovereign and He’s the leader of our lives.
Providence is the loving and protective care under the watchful eye of God.
In a time where we feel anxious, vulnerable, and unsafe, God is ultimately leading and watching over us.
“…I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1 continued)
In God’s divine providence, He provides and takes care of our needs as His “sheep” being that He is our shepherd. “I shall not want…” means that we NEVER go without.
As His righteous ones, we are never forsaken or have to beg for bread (Psalm 34:25). In Him, we have everything we need physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.
God’s provision is the product of being connected to The True Source for true fulfillment (John 15:5)
We can look to the government and other earthly authority or sources to give us money, food, or find a cure and healing for the pandemic. But even that can be faulty. There are certain needs that can’t be met. It’s a need too deep for anything in this world. God, in all his unlimited resources, loves and provides for us in tangible and intangible ways that not even the richest person’s money to pay or satisfy.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides the still waters.” (Psalm 23:2)
Green pastures. Still Waters. All of them sound like LIFE & PEACE. God fosters an atmosphere where His Peace leads to rest, healing, and wholeness. There’s a calm and a heavenly presence that you can’t find anywhere on this Earth. God’s Peace has this “Garden of Eden” like quality where even in the most dire circumstances can still have beauty, bliss, and tranquility on Earth.
God’s Peace is where life can freely thrive unapologetically while basking in the His joyous light.
The world has its own definition of peace and what peace looks like. Yet, when you really look closely, it’s not so peaceful after all. Going before God’s peaceful Presence in the midst of mayhem, He causes us to experience rest and refreshment.
Be encouraged that in these times of turmoil, uncertainty, and unrest, we know that God has the FINAL say. He is sovereign and NOTHING escapes unnoticed. He will guide His children through the darkest seasons and valleys, provide in an unstable economy. God will give shelter; a safe place both temporal and eternal as we trust in rest in Him.
Trust in God’s Providence.
Receive God’s Provision.
Rest in God’s Peace.