Hurricanes, threats of attack, environmental disasters, fatal accidents, higher taxes, overpopulation, traffic, violence, hatred, racism, disease…these words flash at me when scrolling my local news app on my phone. Heart rate quickens, breathing becomes shallow, mind races.
Rather than continuing the pursuit of the local news, I turn to God’s Word for a remedy for anxiety. An answer to the unrest all around. Peace in the turmoil.
Studying Psalm 23 this week, led me to realize this is a passage of scripture that I have known for a long time. It was the only scripture I memorized as a kid at vacation Bible school. The words have always drawn me in and painted a beautiful picture in my mind.
But, this week, the Lord brought greater understanding through slowing down, verse by verse and allowing His Spirit to unlock the words for me.
Each day this week, I took one verse of Psalm 23 and journaled about what the Lord was saying to me through His words.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
And, Psalm 23 in my own words:
God is my loving guide; I am in need of nothing more.
He provides what I need to be fed; He guides me to quiet rest.
The Lord brings back to order my life; He guides me in the right way I should go because of His name.
Even though I go through low times even close to death, I will not be afraid, because you train me, support me, and bring encouragement to me.
You bring peace and nourishment to me even when those who despise me are near; You fill and empower me each day; I am content in You.
Without fail the Lord’s favor will pursue me every day of my life; And I will live in heaven with the Lord forever.