Searching His Word
Seeking His Heart
As promised, we will explore the 23rd Psalm. It need not be read strictly at funerals, though that is appropriate, it can be a wonderful encouragement at any time.
Looking back at many of the early psalms, they read like prayers from David to his heavenly Father, prayers of praise.
I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. Psalm 9:1
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1
I love you, O Lord. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. Psalm 18:1-2
Prayers of petition.
Hear, O Lord, my righteous plea: listen to my cry. Psalm 17:1
Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. Psalm 16:1
Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Psalm 5:1
Do you hear the intimacy, the pathos, the relationship in just these few words? Where did he learn that? I believe it was in those quiet, alone times on the hillside.
Remember, before David slew Goliath, before David was a mighty warrior, before he ran for months in hiding from crazy Saul, and before he came King of Israel, David was a shepherd boy.
He learned the skill of a sharp shooter with his sling; he learned the bravery of facing off with a lion, he learned the wisdom of protecting his flock in the grazing areas. He worked hard caring for his sheep. He knew how totally dependent they were on his leadership and care.
In the afternoon as the sheep rested and at night once he had cared for and secured them in the sheep pen, David could relax in solitude. I believe it was in these precious moments that his mind turned to the Lord. Perhaps he played tunes on his shepherd harp and made up words to sing with the tunes. I believe he talked out loud to the Lord, words that came from the heart.
At some point it hit him, the Lord is my shepherd. He cares for me like I care for my flock.
So, this time, the song wasn’t a prayer to God, it was song about God.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want [or in need.] He makes me lie down in green pastures. Psalm 23:1-2
I think that’s why the Lord carried me away to those ancient green pastures last week. (Strength from the Pasture) He wanted me to have a quiet time in the pasture to remember that He is perfectly capable of taking care of all my needs. “Rest in me,” He says. “You don’t have to do it alone.”
Or as David learned to pray, “You are my refuge and strength, O Lord.”
I hope you will have some “pasture time” this week so that He might restore your soul.
~ Joyce ~