Meditation — February 22, 2013

Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Scripture:

Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1

Prayer:

I do not remember a time when I simply reflected upon the first verse of this popular psalm of David. No explanation needed as I prepare to approach another day filled with challenges and unanticipated joys, with darkness—perhaps represented by setbacks—before dawn, followed by a brilliant sunrise anticipated, accompanied by discoveries, healings, and insights beyond expectation. Keep me conscious, Lord, as you approach in many disguises.

Response

It is a blessing to experience the holy madness that David’s words convey. There is nothing to obstruct one from taking the full light of the Lord even when gloom threatens to overshadow the vista. What does it take to realize that the vista is within—in a dimension that reflects the Lord’s brilliant presence and love? No need to interrupt by reminding Him of one’s troubles; instead, what a blessing to breathe a prayer of thanksgiving this moment for all one has received and will continue to receive along this life-journey—especially this day.

And as one has concluded, the Lord is the shepherd, guiding one in all aspects and trials of life—especially those for which one was unprepared—that no one would have anticipated or for which one would have planned. Could it be the sudden death of a loved one—realizing that all death is sudden in its finality; the prayers of concern for the health of one who has embraced a tortuous, yet healing, path; the poor results received from an annual physical exam—when one had just proclaimed one’s fitness; the investment of resources that has tanked. Of course, the list is endless—many sunrises and sunsets would occur and still one’s list would not be complete.

Yet, with all the turbulence in one’s life, in one’s nation, and through the farthest reaches of the globe, here are seven words to contemplate in the deepest reaches of one’s heart: Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

All for this morning.

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