I hope you took the time to read over Psalm 23 for yourself, if not I highly encourage you too:) This song has been stuck in my head all week and it is completely based off of Psalm 23. It's too good to keep it to myself. I hope you all have a lovely Friday and remember to be refreshed in Jesus. At the end of the week we often crash so fall into the arms of our amazing shepherd as you end your week. OH and don't forget to take a sabbath, they are great, I look forward to mine every week! God is continuously teaching me to rest and this week he has physically reminded myself too. I spent a couple hours in the health center yesterday learning that yet again I sprained my ankle. Ha I guess I'll be taking a break from running and such but I honestly don't mind all that much:)
Rest well brothers and sisters!
This week in Bible Study we discovered how many actions God takes to love us. We were in Psalm 23 and saw that David made some bold statements with God's many bold actions.
is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet
refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his
though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear
no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they
prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You
anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love
will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the
house of the Lord forever.
I'm just completely blown away by how the Lord pursues us and guides us and takes care of us all for His glory. As I was going through this study I realized that God is so trustworthy yet I do not think that I could not be as bold as David. He says "I lack nothing." I should lack nothing in Christ yet I want something everyday whether it be good grades, a new scarf, or even wanting sufficient time with my Lord. How can I be more trusting in God that he will be my everything. David also says "I will fear no evil." This is hugely difficult for me. I have always had many fears. I'm afraid of heights, spiders, animals (especially birds), playing sports and of course awkward situations. I want to (oh the wanting thing again) be more confident in my God. I don't want to doubt that He isn't going to give me something I can't handle. I want to believe that he will protect me. I know that I know these things, that his rod and staff will protect me but it's easier said than done. I know for me that I want to meditate on this more and pray for healing in my fears. I want to be like David and say I will fear no evil. How is it that I trust that God will protect me from the evil one but I can't trust that I wont fall from the highest heights. This passage is a short one but it contains so much within it. Can you agree with David's bold statements? Are you being refreshed and sustained in the Lord? Think about it.
My dad and I have always had the same taste in music and we often share our music with each other. We both enjoy the band Leeland and I have been listening to this song on repeat. The words are so powerful and hit me every time.
You bled Your love, laid down Yourself
And gave me life
In naked shame You hung and You were lifted
Here I lay in awe and wonder
I am afraid
For no one’s ever sacrificed and loved me this way
So on my face I fall under Your heavy
Here I lay in awe and wonder
And I wonder
God's grace and his sacrificial love completely blows my mind. I'm so grateful yet I'm probably not thankful enough for all that His has done for us and what He is currently doing through us. I encourage you to rest in His grace this week. Remember that you are God's beloved.