Several nights ago I woke up in the middle of the night and was just BAM! awake. I tried to go back to sleep, but my mind just wouldn’t shut down. As I lay waiting for sleep to come, thoughts of God’s faithfulness kept coming to me; and no longer willing to lie there unable to drift off, I got up, grabbed my journal, Bible, and pen and found a comfy spot.
I went straight to Psalm 23. I’ve had this Scripture memorized since I was a tot, but it’s not been nearly as long that I started really seeing and appreciating how many promises David recorded in it.
“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”
He is our leader. He is gentle and loving in His care for us. He provides everything we need.
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul.”
In the middle of chaos, tuning in to Him is restful, calming, refreshing, restoring.
“He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
He shows me what it looks like to live a holy, honorable life. He’s available to guide me whenever I’m willing to listen.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.”
It doesn’t matter how hopeless, dark, and scary my path is, His presence is there for me, always protecting and comforting me.
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
In spite of hardships and trials that I may find myself in, He is still good, I feel His favor, and I find His joy is my strength.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
When I am His, it’s goodness, mercy, love and security FOREVER!
Wow. He pretty much covers it, huh?
“Daddy, thank You for these promises!
They are so full, freeing, and satisfying.
They are generous, immensely generous, and they bring such a sense of security to me.
They help me to realize more fully how much You are FOR ME.
You are for me. You want the best for me. Wow.
They show me how much You love me as Your kiddo and desire to give me everything I need to fully function in my life.
“Daddy, You satisfy me.
You fill me up.
You are enough.