Psalm 23, Day 2

Devotional for Tuesday, April 28

Our devotionals this week are all from the 23rd Psalm, “A Psalm of David,” considered in small meditative bites.

Verses 2-3a
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.

Certainly, the shepherd urges us forward, for our own benefit and for the larger benefit of the kingdom. (Never forget, our shepherd is also a king!) Following him, we can grow tired. But there always is rest to come.download

The need for contemplative rest—Sabbath—is built into the very fabric of the universe. And if we trust God’s plan, we can gain much from the times of rest we are offered.

There is sustenance in God’s word, as rich and nutritious to our souls as green meadows are to the sheep. By consuming what we find in Scripture, we grow.

We also drink from the stream of life when we surrender ourselves to God’s grace, poured out through a variety of openings. Our prayers, our time in communion, and our fellowship with one another are just a few examples, and enough grace pours forth through these encounters to soak us thoroughly.

In the right cycle of service and rest, we grow spiritually stronger over time, even as our physical vigor fades. God always is willing to give us more than we have given. We simply must remember to stop and receive.

Lord, help me to recognize when you place those moments of rest before me, and allow me to grow through the influence of your Spirit as I rest. Amen.

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