We are all familiar with Psalm 23, “The Lord is My Shepherd”. Hopefully we pray it often and we meditate upon its words…..
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
Someone has come up with a Modern Day version of Psalm 23, that describes quite well the lives that many of us lead. Once we examine and admit to the lives we lead, the original Psalm 23 is truly what we need to reflect upon and pray regularly.
The clock is my dictator, I shall not rest.
It makes me lie down only when exhausted.
It leads me to deep depression.
It hounds my soul.
It leads me in circles of frenzy for activity’s sake.
Even though I run frantically from task to task,
I will never get it all done, for my “ideal” is with me.
Deadlines and my need for approval, they drive me.
They demand performance from me,
beyond the limits of my schedule.
They anoint my head with migraines.
My in-basket overflows.
Surely fatigue and time pressures,
shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the bonds of frustration forever.
Please reflect on BOTH of these versions of Psalm 23. Which fits the life YOU lead today? Do pray the original Psalm 23.
GOD IS NOT A CELESTIAL PRISON WARDEN JANGLING KEYS. GOD IS A GOOD SHEPHERD LOOKING FOR SHEEP!