PSALM 23 OVER MY MARRIAGE
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 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.
Over the last 8 months, days have been pretty fast for me. I got schedules to meet, appointments end to end, a career, a ministry, my family and my marriage. All spins so fast that 24 hours hardly seems enough to do it all.
Does anyone else identify with me?
We run at break-neck speeds trying to do it all, outpouring ourselves in all, then scrape out more reserves to push through with whatever hasn’t been done. When this is done end to end, we spread ourselves too thin, dangerously thin, and that is a disaster waiting to happen.
Our roots are not firmly grounded and we have little energy to stand against the tides of life.
But how gracious is our Lord that He is an ever present help in time of need! Psalm 43:1-2.This is where the breath of fresh life from our Lord comes in.
The Bible says in Mark 3:14-15 that “He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.”
See, the words here are BE WITH HIM. Its only after spending time with Jesus, being refilled and restored that you can have enough to outpour. It is in those solitude moments that Christ can refill us enough to give unto other what he has already outpoured in our thirsty souls. His arms are always outstretched wide for us to run to Him.
Christ doesn’t call us to run around at break-neck speeds. He calls us to the slower rhymes of life.
He says,“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. Psalm 91:1
Do you see those beautifully place words? Dwells, abides, delights. It calls for us to let everything go and simply be in fellowship with our Shepheard. Jesus Christ.
He longs to restore our hearts back, He longs to redeem our lost years back, He longs to re-fresh our marriages and give them longevity, He longs to provide for us, He longs to meet our deepest needs – if only we can let Him be the shepherd over our lives and marriages.
So join me as we refill our tanks back from the never ending source of His love.
Psalm 23 over my marriage.