Psalm 23: I Will Not Be Afraid

Last month we talked about “Jump And Build Your Wings on the Way Down” which is a saying that encourages individuals to step out and take action even when there is fear and self doubt involved. You know, those little (oftentimes, BIG) voices in your head that say, ” you’re not good enough”  ” who will listen to you” “no one will come”, ” have you lost your mind?” I would not be honest if I did not admit that some of those thoughts ran through my mind before and even the day of the conference.  

We all have those moments and those thoughts which are extremely uncomfortable. In fact, it is way more “safe” to just give in to self-doubt, not put ourselves out there and do nothing. This is when trusting in the Lord and in His promises nudge us in the right direction and help us to take that first step.  

For the past week, I have been studying Psalm 23 at the encouragement of my Women’s Ministry leader at Lutheran Church of Hope. A friend and I signed up to attend a wilderness retreat for women in Northern Minnesota which was canceled at the last minute due to the entire staff having covid. This was a huge disappointment as we wanted so much to be in community with other women, away from distractions and focused on the Lord. Although this trip did not happen, study of Psalm 23 did.  

Known mainly as a popular Psalm for funerals, I learned that it is much more about life here on earth and the promises that God is delivering to us on a daily basis. 

The Lord is my Shepherd;
I have all that I need 
He lets me rest in green meadows;
He leads me along peaceful streams. 
He renews my strength. 
He guides me along right paths,
Bringing honor to His name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me. 
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me
in the presence of my enemies. 
You honor me by anointing my head with oil. 
My cup overflows with blessings
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me,
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 

I encourage you to take another look at this Psalm, look and feel the power pouring out of it to LIVE each day with our eyes on Christ and unwavering trust in him.