“He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul.”
—Psalm 23: 2-3
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One of my absolute favorite places to spend my time is reading the book of Psalms. And one of my absolute favorite Psalms is Psalm 23. It may even be the only one you know by heart or at least one you probably have heard.
Psalm 23 (King James Version)
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
The 23 Psalm from the KJV “King James Version” Bible version is very poetic in the book of Psalms and is the one I have often written on my index cards.
Next, though there are endless Life Principles, hidden gems, in these six lines of Psalm 23, there are THREE simple words that you need to focus on this week:
HE LEADS ME.
The way to develop a close and intimate relationship with the Lord is when you realize just how close He is to you. And by simply saying these THREE words: HE LEADS ME, you will begin to experience a new way of life.
Here are two more verses that confirm the Living Principle that I am teaching you this week that you need to add to your target verses that you meditate on day and night.
Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me…”
This week’s assignment is to continue adding to your “target” or “key” verses that you FAITHFULLY keep right next to your bed (maybe on your phone); reading them FIRST when you wake up, and also AGAIN right before you go to sleep at night—in other words—meditating on them day and night!
And, even more delightful: my “delight is in the law of the LORD.” So instead of continuing with “self-talk” that is useless and I believe silly (since how can we know the answers we need?). You should ASK the Lord to guide you by saying these three words each time you set out to do the simplest or most complex task today and every day this week. “HE LEADS ME”
*Also, be sure to discuss this with Him by beginning or adding to your Daily Journal.