Sunday, November 3, 2019

A Psalm of David Psalm 23:3-4 RSV 1952

He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for though art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.  

David authored Psalm 23. It’s read at more “Home Going” celebrations than any other Scripture. David was a shepherd, so he naturally saw God as the Good Shepherd-King. God is the Shepherd that restores the souls of all who rest in Him. Shepherds guide as they lead their flocks. Though David faced great peril his confidence in God consistently strengthened David. The Lord’s outstretched arms surrounded and comforted him. Psalm 16:8, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord.” Those who daily focus on the Lord will be refreshed and restored.

Our sweet friend Marie who’s the caregiver (before we met) for her 80 something mother called Friday to say Josie was in hospice. We were finally able to join them late today. Marie, a sister and her sister’s family were sitting around Josie. My Bible app helped as I shared Scripture with Josie. I began with Isaiah 40 and ended with Psalm 23. These two are usually the ones the Lord leads me to read. Focused on the Lord, He refreshed and restored those in the room as we said “good bye.”

How does God refresh and restore you?

Refreshed, restored, and ready to focus,

S    

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