At the end of a half term like no other, the words of this popular Psalm are constantly being reminded to me. I saw a banner at the West Brom game on 'Match of the Day', as well as being reminded of the 'Soul Strength' we looked at a few weeks ago.
During your time this week, allow the words to help you reflect on where God is, in your circumstances.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
As much as I would like them to, I have come to realise that green pasture experiences don’t last forever. Just as inevitable as ‘winter is coming’, dark valleys and enemies are waiting too. But one constant through it all is that God is near. He refreshes in green pastures, he is present in the darkest valley and his goodness and mercy are pursuing you today.