Psalm 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (NIV)
Promise: God promises provision, guidance towards righteousness, good quiet places and restoration of my soul.
Why is it important to know this promise?
God’s character is revealed: He is Sovereign, Provider, Restorer, Shepherd, Good, Guide, Caring, Comforter and Righteous.
Promise provides me with: assurance of restoration in Him when I am weary or discouraged, hope, provision of my needs, quiet rest for my soul- a refuge in a world of turmoil, guidance in His ways and teaching in righteousness, knowledge that my righteousness through Christ will bring Him glory.
For many people the 23rd Psalm is their favorite and one that many of us memorized when we were children. When you look at the promises it contains and the comfort it brings, it is not surprising that it is so cherished . God loves us and wants to provide for us whether it is guidance on how to live righteously or restoration from circumstances and problems. God is sovereign and He know the situations that will cause us to be weary and in his infinite mercy He promises to restore us. He desires that we walk and live righteously and is willing to teach us and lead us in His ways. Thank Him today for His great provision, care and love. As you meditate on this Psalm today, let God’s spirit of peace and restoration flow through you today towards those you meet.
Quiet places the Psalmist might have had in mind.
The Sea of Galilee at sunrise.
The Jezreel Valley from Mt Carmel.