Psalm 23

    ~Video Version~


    I love Psalm 23.  I think it’s my favorite.  It’s such a portrait of praise that flows out of rest. 


    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.

    Even 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.


    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

    You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

    Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.   (NIV)


    He gives us green pastures and quiet waters, He comforts us and brings a wonderful calm into our hearts. 

    He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  I love that image of a table set before me-----It is a beautiful picture of God’s provision at the table no matter what “enemies” or circumstances are circling around me.

    That image reminds me to pray when I’m at the table---even for a meal.

    By the way, do you pray a blessing before meals?  Not everyone does, and you might say, “Why should I?”  I  mean, it’s not a legalistic thing or a “should” thing or a “you have to” thing.  But Jesus modeled it and praying before eating is one way to cultivate a life of gratitude and calm our hearts before enjoying a meal.

    But we all forget or get too hurried to stop and pray, at least I do.   Here is something you can do if you want to pray a blessing after the start of a meal or even after we’re done eating…Pray Psalm 103! 

    Bless the Lord, O my soul;

    And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

    All that is within me!

    Put THAT on your plate and enjoy it.

    God, let everything in my life, in my heart, may all that I am, ALL that is within me----bless You today! Thanks for ALL your provision at your table.


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