As You know, this morning, as a part of my time spent with You, I was reading Psalms 23. This is among my favorites, as it teaches us our position in You and where Satan sits ... just beyond and below us, but still within sight of Your bountiful table. It is beautiful and I love the imagery.
But I felt that there was something more You wanted me to see within its lines. So I reread it in a different translation - the Passion Translation [TPT]. I found it so rich that I wanted to quote it back to You here.
1. The Lord is my Best Friend and Shepherd. I always have more than enough.
2. He offers a resting place for me in His luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
3. That's where He restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God's pleasure and leads me along in His footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to His name.
4. Lord, even when Your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for You lead me through it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace (shalom). The comfort of Your love takes away my fear. I'll never be lonely, for You are near.
5. You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of Your Holy Spirit; You give me all I can drink of You until my heart overflows.
6. So why should I fear the future? For Your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through, I'll return to Your glorious presence to be forever with You.
How awesome is this picture, Lord. I found it really bringing depth to my understanding of this Psalm I have always loved.
In verse 4, I added shalom in parentheses as it means so much more than we think of when we say peace. It means total order and absence of chaos. So often I have forgotten that You remove chaos from our lives that I just wallow in it. But You are my peace which passes ALL understanding.
Thank You, Lord!