Imagine a life of complete satisfaction. You lack nothing. You dwell in a place of beauty, peace and contentment. Each day is full of delight, rich nourishment and invigorating refreshment. You anticipate what tomorrow will hold.
This sounds like Heaven.
It also sounds like wishful thinking. But when I read Psalm 23, I get the impression that David had a taste of this kind of life here on Earth.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
It’s easy to read this passage and think, “That sounds wonderful, but it was written during simpler times. David was a shepherd out in the fields, enjoying silence and leisurely strolls through green hills while singing his heart out and enjoying uncommon intimacy with God.” We think it’s out of our reach.
But in the next verse, he says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” (Psalm 23:4a). And later, he talks about his enemies (Psalm 23:5a). David’s was not a life of ease or freedom from stress and sorrow.
Much of David’s adult life was spent running and hiding for survival. His enemies wanted him dead. He experienced extreme hunger, thirst, and exhaustion. He knew what it was to wander, to be in need, to suffer.
If David could sing Psalm 23 in the midst of what he was going through, why can’t we?
Maybe a better question is: HOW can we?
David’s peace, spiritual nourishment, refreshment and renewal did not depend on his circumstances. He did not depend on physical comfort, safety, or security to feed his spiritual hunger. He found everything his soul desired in Christ alone.
Jesus invites us to experience this, too.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29, emphasis mine)
No matter where you’re at or what you’re going through, the good news is that spiritual renewal is possible!
Our God is a God of resurrection!
Restoring what’s been lost, repairing what’s been broken, reviving what’s been lifeless… these are His specialty!
Live It Out
Today, fix your eyes on Jesus. Put your hope in Him. Regardless of how you feel or what your circumstances look like, trust that He is who He says He is and that He’ll do what He said He’ll do. Anticipate the renewal that can be found in Him.
And if you’re struggling to do that, PRAY. Be real with Him and ask Him to help you. Tell Him you want to trust Him, but you can’t do it alone. He won’t turn you away! Our Father is delighted when His children ask Him for help!
Father, I pray for restored hope today. Give us eyes to see You no matter the wilderness in which we find ourselves. Help us to believe that with You all things are possible!