“He restorth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3.
The holidays can be wonderful, but so exhausting at the same time. Psalm 23 has so many insightful lessons to learn within its six verses. The above verse says the Lord will lead us—not drag or shove. The word “lead” means to guide or bring to a place of rest. We often get so stressed out because we are not allowing God to lead us beside the still waters. This Psalm sounds like the most wonderful place in the world. When, if ever, is the last time you have ever lied down in a green pasture next to a peaceful stream? Take me there right now. It has been a long time since I’ve been far away from cell phone towers and the clamor of the city. It is good to evaluate how much noise is in our lives and ask ourselves, can I hear the voice of God?
God is talking all of the time—even when He is silent, He is still communicating with us.
We need to get to the place where we are calm and have assurance when things are good and when things are bad. When we are not trusting God, we will not have peace. Sometimes we beg God to change our situation, but that situation might be there because God wants to change us! The psalmist learned something valuable in his life; he learned that even when he is facing the most dismal of circumstances God is with him. He learned that there is a gift in being still. Let’s find a quiet place to enjoy the presence of God today. God bless you.

Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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