From the Kitchen Table
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads 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 mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Life is tough without togetherness. We can think that its pleasures, possessions and prosperity that makes life fun and fulfilling but it’s actually the presence of others that makes life fun and fulfilling. Psalm 23 is about walking through this life with the best friend a person could possibly know, God. Life is about love and until we discover God’s love for our lives, we will struggle finding fulfillment and fun in life. Love values the lives and longings of others. And that value is shared. The psalmist writes about the value God has for him and how he, as an individual, values the presence and passion of the One who values him. When I’m with Him I find what I really need, and it is refreshing. And when I’m with Him, I find peace and security even in the midst of my enemies. When I’m with Him, I just know that everything is going to be alright. People trade this relationship for all kinds of other recreational activities but it’s this relationship that’s most rewarding. I’m not alone, He is with me all the way.