The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3
He makes me, he leads me, he restores, he guides me…
Which of these statements of who Jesus is most resonates with you? Do you seek guidance? Restoration? Stillness? Rest?
Let me ask you another question: do you need Him to make you do these things?
It’s been a busy season for me…something about Christmas and Church that makes a Pastor’s life crazy. And so, in the midst of this season, I’m finding Jesus wrestling me to the ground so I don’t miss Him and what He has for me this Christmas. I’m realizing that I allow life, demands, circumstances, and other’s expectations to drive me, guide me and lead me. The problem with that is none of those things restores my soul. They deplete me.
Do you remember the last time you just laid down on a nice lawn of grass and stared up at the sky and thought about nothing in particular? Now it’s freezing outside so I wouldn’t recommend this, but if you can physically do this, try laying on your back on your bedroom floor or the prayer room at the church. Just lay down and wait. Give it more than 30 seconds. Quiet your soul. Rest. Breathe deeply.
I need a new revelation of Jesus as my shepherd. I’m pretty sure that can only come as I allow Him to lead me, guide me, restore me and make me lie down.
(By the way, the weekend after Thanksgiving, Westside starts a two part series on Psalm 23).