Week 22~ Psalm 23:1-3
'1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, 3 He refreshes my soul.'
Probably the best known Psalm and one used frequently at funerals; yet it is a great resource providing reassurance and encouragement at all times. Knowing that God cares for us during periods when we may feel unloved helps reduce the feeling of isolation and this is why it is important to maintain a spiritual relationship with your creator. Isolation from God can lead to feelings of isolation in life leaving us with nowhere to turn.
The psalm is written in a very caring way conjuring up calming, relaxing images aimed at revitalising us, whilst saying that in reality we will lack nothing because God is looking after us on a 24/7 basis. We can see that there really is no need for worry yet many of us remain pre-occupied with all sorts of worries, many of which prove unfounded. Written with a spiritual slant, the advice is good on a practical level. Taking time out of our day to walk and relax helps improve our mental state, especially when paired with a little meditation or in-depth study to increase mental resistance to the negativity we all face. The stronger our faith and gratitude for all the good in our lives, the better we cope with events and decision making.
If you reach a point where you are not sure what to give thanks for, then remember this psalm and be thankful that God cares and provides for us, then you can go about life with a spring in your step!
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