The 23rd Psalm is one of the most popular Psalms (and maybe scriptures) in the whole Bible. People read and recite this psalm every day. And here, in the middle of the summer, re-reading this psalm seems to have a relaxing, refreshing feel.
Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth 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 thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The summers of my past and present have been filled with green grass. Reclining on that natural green carpet under a shade tree in the takes me back to times of true relaxation. Dipping my feet in the cool water of a river, the ocean, a lake, or a pool is the definition of refreshment.
I guess that, as a sheep of God’s pasture and a child of God, “goodness and mercy does follow me all of my days.”
Thank You, God, for Your watchful care over me each and every day. Help me to feel Your presence as I walk today as a disciple of my Lord and Savior, Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.