Today’s reading included a familiar Psalm, the 23rd one. I read it, even though I recited it first to make sure I could still do that. I’m not trying to be prideful, but I believe that scripture is meant to be read, memorized, and recalled when needed. Some persons do that with movie quotes and song lyrics…I do that too…but scripture is more helpful (or it should be anyway). So, here is the familiar 23rd Psalm.
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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
At a church event I attended last week, one of the speakers made a comment that I wish to use, he said that Americans are terrible at following. We all want to be leaders and we are told at a young age to never settle for following. What I want to add is that this attitude really sets us up to accomplish little, love less, and become more lonely. In a culture of free spirits, uniqueness, and rage against the establishment…how are we to trust the Holy Spirit, become like Jesus, and worship the God whose first act was establishing the very order we know.
Jesus tells his “disciples” or followers to follow him. Jesus says that as we follow him more the world will react to us more…and not necessarily in a good way. The church is to be a people who are following Jesus and even are leaders are those who are truly following Jesus.
So, for today…Jesus…I just want to be a dumb sheep. I want you to lead me and feed me, to give me water that I may never thirst again. I want you to fight my enemies and bless me. I just want to be a sheep…a follower…and I want led by you. Please Lord…make it so.
I want to share thoughts, insights, and scriptures that lead us in the direction of Christ.