Scripture: Psalm 23: “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. He leads 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 mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Observations: Acts was exciting. Paul was sent to Rome and his ship encountered a storm. Though everyone else was worried, the Lord assured Paul that everyone would make it ashore, and they did! In Number 7 offerings were brought for the consecration of the tabernacle. LOTS of offerings! Each tribe gave the required offering.
Application: Psalm 23 is often read at funerals, and it does make sense because most people are comforted by the idea of lying beside still waters and having their souls restored. If you are down today for any reason, or if you sense darkness infiltrating your life, then turn your attention to the Shepherd because he loves you and is so merciful, and if you turn your heart over to Him, you will surely have eternal life.
Prayer: Lord, this evening I have friends who are struggling with depression, hopelessness, addictions, frustrations and darkness. Lord, my prayer is that you will make them lie down beside still waters where you can refresh their souls. Show them there is no reason to live in sadness or fear. Fill them with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Thank you Lord. Amen
Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 8-9; Acts 28