Intro: When it comes to us approaching God in a jubilant spirit of praise and gratitude, David truly paints for us a beautiful path. For David, he experiences contentment when he allows the Shepherd to lead his life. David tells us God comes to lead him specifically which brings fullness to his emptiness. God provides rest for David’s weary soul. God leads David from brokenness into the wholeness of shalom. God renews David by bringing divine strength and exchanging it for his human weakness. Finally, God guides David’s life to reveal the divine holy presence with him.
As human beings, we all have a strong will to see things go in the direction we feel is best for us. Surrendering our lives to the will of God can be a big challenge, because we cling to our own autonomy—self government. Actually, our culture fights for the right of autonomy all the time. If people feel coerced about anything—even when challenged to act responsibly—they are ready to do battle. However, by not trusting the shepherding [leadership] of the all-knowing, all-present, and all-powerful God, human rebellion can position us where we are actually working against our own best interests. We can blindly lead ourselves into perilous environments and danger. Then, we have to eat the fruit of our poor decisions.
We all need to rest ourselves in God’s care, by trusting in his great love for us. So trust God to take you forward and make you whole. God’s power is made perfect in your weakness. We all greatly need him. Like David, may the world come to that revelation and ask the Shepherd to lead us all into truth.
Psalm 23 A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for promising that you will shepherd, guide and protect my life until one day you call me home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.