Two days in to the Bible study, and two days sharing my thoughts with you!
So far, so good! Without further adieu …
TUESDAY: Familiar Ground
Reading: Psalm 23 “The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Discussion: Was your mind anticipating every word as you read this magnificent Psalm? The reassurance of familiar ground is comforting like the warmth of a good friend. In our journey we may find a few friends along the way hidden in the pages we read. You may make some new friends when you least expect it. As the Holy Spirit guides us, keep looking for the hidden gems. What was the last gem you found in God’s Word?
Thoughts: I was most definitely anticipating every word from the treasured Psalm 23…and bouncing between the King James version (or the real version according to my momma!) and the NIV! These are words are incredibly comforting, both because of their meaning and, at least for me, Psalm 23 was one of the first Bible passages I can remember memorizing. Like many of you, John 3:16 was the first passage I learned by heart, but Psalm 23 was close behind! As I read the comforting words of Psalm 23, I’m also reminded of my daughters learning this passage, along with the sign language (our babysitter is AWESOME!) and hear their sweet little voices 🙂 As I dive into God’s Word, I’m excited to revisit passages like Psalm 23 that are “old friends,” and also find more words of promise and encouragement. One of my recent favorites is Psalm 46:5 which, depending on the translation you have, reads “God is within her, she will not fail.” Yes, if you read this verse in context, the Psalm is about a city which God is within. However, I suppose the city David is referencing could be God’s people? Perhaps. Whatever the purpose of Psalm 46:5, I find comfort, strength, and encouragement in the fact that God is within me, no matter my faults, and I will not fail!
Thanks for reading!