Psalm 23

Honestly, I have never completely understood why the 23rd Psalm is so widely used at funerals. Perhaps because it mentions the valley of the shadow of death? Because it is very comforting? Both understandable reasons, for sure. But sometimes you can’t read it and absorb it correctly because it has become so associated with death. As I read it, especially in The Message paraphrase, it sings Life to me. And because I have begun to experience His beauty and love chase after me I can only smile as I read it. As you read the Psalm below, realize it’s not about Heaven…your lush meadows and resting place can be found now. In Jesus. With Jesus.   Let Him fill your cup!

Psalm 23 (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.

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