October 7, 2011
“God, my Shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows; you find me quiet pools to drink from.” Psalm 23:1-2 (The Message Bible)
Thumbing through a table-top book of the U.S. National Parks, I saw a pictures of a lake in Glasier National Park surrounded by mountains. Instantly, I wanted to go there. I’d take my journal, a few good books, including “The Message Bible” and spend time meditating on everything God has given me. Nature, undisturbed by man’s hand, is precious and feeds my soul.
After a long day—maybe one with bad news from a doctor, an argument with a spouse, or the fear of opening a door to a new opportunity, we can be bedded down in the lush meadows of God’s grace and drink in his love for us. Sleep well.
Dear God, let me find lush meadows and quiet pools surround me today. Amen
Enjoy Psalm 23
by author, Eugene Peterson, in “The Message”
God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
You find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word, you let me catch my breath
And send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through Death Valley,
I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.