We finished last weekend’s service with the song “Battle Belongs.”
The lyrics speak to how much God sticks by our side no matter what we’re going through. God doesn’t promise that our lives will be all smooth sailing just because we follow him. But he does promise to walk through life with us, to be a rock for us to stand on, a father we can lean on, and a provider who will protect us.
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Man, that sounds amazing! I want to live in that picturesque green meadow and sing “Just Around the Riverbend” every day with a pet raccoon. Think of the peace David must have had to feel so much joy. The trouble is, I don’t think David wrote this while sitting in a perfect meadow as described. He had fallen in love with God so much that merely being in a close relationship with God dissolved David’s troubles and transformed his surroundings into beauty.
While we may not be resting on a hammock in a green meadow, we can feel peace and joy when we walk with Jesus. He is the master of transforming ugly things into beauty, of setting captives free, and of protecting his sheep. No matter what terrible things may be happening around us, Jesus leads, guides, protects, and provides. There is an invincible joy when we allow him to shepherd us.
What would it take for you to feel God’s comfort the way David describes in Psalm 23?
What distracts you from having a closer relationship with God? How can you lessen or eliminate your distractions?
If you aren’t doing so already, start keeping a prayer journal. Make it a habit to reflect on how God walked with you (and sometimes for you) during each time of struggle.
Dear God, whether or not I recognize it, you are always with me. I pray that I can not only remember this but also feel your presence and the peace David describes in the Scriptures. You knew me from the very beginning, and you’ve seen my whole life. You never leave my side. Thank you for your promises. Amen.
This post was written by Ashlee Grosjean. Ashlee is a blogger at GratefulSheep.com and a stay-at-home mom and wife. She loves writing for this team, and she hopes to help convey God’s message through this study.
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