Every Sunday during worship, my church reads a portion of scripture together. To be honest, I love it. I don’t know if it’s an “Arizona church thing” (such as having communion every Sunday, which I also love), or just something they like to do, but regardless, I love that we stop in the middle of worship to read scripture and reflect on it.
This past weekend, the scripture was Psalm 23.
As I read it, I couldn’t help but think of the word’s of one of my best friends. It turns out, we’re actually pretty similar. I mean, I knew this already (which is perhaps why she remains one of my best friends), but I didn’t know how similar until I took the Myers-Briggs test and came to find we had the same result.
Being that we think in similar ways, she recently counseled me by sharing an important truth: Jesus focused on what He knew to be true, not on “what if’s”.
I could sit here all day and wonder what tomorrow will look like. I could spend an entire 24 hours daydreaming about all the things I desire out of life (my imagination is a gift, but it can also be a curse at times). If I don’t control it, I could also spend 24 hours worrying about what the world will look like when I wake up tomorrow. Sometimes, the sorrow of what tomorrow may (MAY, not will but MAY) look like can overwhelm me. Suddenly, today isn’t so great, no matter what happens, because I think the joy will end when I wake up tomorrow. And suddenly, nothing matters anymore because I believe there will be trouble tomorrow and things couldn’t possibly get better.
But that isn’t the TRUTH about God, now is it?
The truth about God is in Romans 8:28, where it says “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
The truth about God is in Matthew 7:11 where it says “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.”
The truth about God is in Psalm 23.
He is the Good Shepherd. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for He is with me. The Lord is my Shepherd.
I have what I need.
Psalm 23 (CSB):
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have what I need.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside quiet waters.
He renews my life;
he leads me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even when I go through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
as long as I live.