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The word “want” in this Psalm covers anything and everything that we might ever desire. It is all inclusive – covering the mental, physical and emotional as well as the spiritual areas of our lives. And if a “want” is important to us, we need to realize that it was important to God before we ever recognized it.
David left none of our “wants” beyond God’s grace and mercy. Even the important need to “lie down” in “green pastures” beside “still waters” so our “souls” could be “restored” is important to the Good Shepherd! It is so important to Him that He often makes us take time to replenish and refresh ourselves.
There are times when He intervenes in our lives and causes us to “be still.” Why? Not only does He want to guide us but He often has to guard us from ourselves. Jesus said, “Come apart and rest awhile.” If we refuse to “rest awhile” we may “come apart” and then need Him to be put us back together again so He can use us.
The Good Shepherd loves and cares for His sheep. He not only guides them but guards them. His protection brings His peace and with His peace comes His promise to make us “lie down beside still waters” where He will “restore” us – refresh and renew us.
In our frantic lives God expects us to rest in Him, trust in Him, take time for Him and worship Him. If we do not follow His pattern He may even force His rest upon us in ways we would not choose. We need the benefits that come from resting in Him and with Him.
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to recognize our need to be alone with You and be renewed, refreshed and restored. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
It only lasted fifteen seconds.
But the 1906 earthquake that leveled most of San Francisco caused 375 deaths and left over 300,000 people homeless. Death, destruction and devastation were everywhere.
Tragedies occur every day – some much more significant and severe than others. But the significance of any tragedy is always personal – What impact does it have on me, my family or friends.
God is so good to us that we rarely prepare for the unwelcomed, unwanted or unanticipated events in our lives. They usually come unannounced or when we least expect them. When we awaken to a beautiful sunrise or go to bed following a glowing sunset, it always brings a contentment with life.
In times of prosperity there are many who want our friendship or our presence. It is good to laugh and be happy. But what happens when life falls apart? What do we do or where can we turn?
For the Christian there is always the Lord.
Jesus said, “Come unto me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest!” He offers us His unconditional love when we feel abandoned, His strength when we are weak, His peace when we are troubled and His grace when we sin.
Prayer: How marvelous are Your gifts, our Father. To know that we can come to You whenever any need arises is beyond reason but not beyond Your compassion. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Matthew 11:28 ”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
The other day I was visiting with an old friend. During the conversation I asked, “I understand that you married Jane. Why?”
“Because she’s different,” he replied.
“How different?” I asked.
“She’s the only one who would have me,” he explained.
But there’s One Who will accept everyone – unconditionally. Young or old, rich or poor – our condition does not matter. Jesus said, “Come to me,” and then He added, “if you do come, I will not cast you out.”
In all my years of serving God, I have never heard anyone say, “I came to Jesus, but He would not accept me.” It has been just the opposite. Many have told me that Jesus was the only One Who would have them. They knew that when they came to Him, they finally discovered the only One Who accepted them in spite of all that they had done.
To become a Christian, all you have to do is to come to Christ. Take Him at His Word.
Prayer: Father, I come to You right now with all of my faults and failures, all of my sins and shortcomings and exchange my guilt for Your grace and mercy. Help me to take You at Your Word: in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Charles Dickens is considered to be one of the world’s greatest novelists and story tellers. He wrote one of the most interesting, compelling and heart-touching stories of all time: “A Christmas Carol.”

However, there is an interesting story that has been told about him. Whenever he left his home to travel or spend the night with his friends, he would take his compass with him. After looking at his compass and before he retired for the night, he would always turn the head of his bed to the north. He believed that he would sleep more comfortably with his bed in that position.

David had his own routine for falling asleep. He said, “I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you O Lord, will keep me safe!” The important word in this verse of Scripture is peace. David did not say that he would lie down and sleep in peace. Rather, the peace that he experienced in his heart is what enabled him to sleep.

But where does this peace come from? For David it came from the Lord. David said that God gave him a greater joy than those who had experienced abundant harvests. The joy and gladness that David experienced in his heart came from his relationship with God.

We will never find joy, gladness or peace if we seek them for selfish reasons. But they will fill the life of a Christian if we meet with Him in prayer, seek Him in His Word and worship Him with all of our heart.

Prayer: Father, give us confidence in the promise of Your Word so that we may enjoy Your enduring peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 4:8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
In the early days of his ministry, Norman Vincent Peale once visited one of his professors. Noticing a look of discouragement on his face, the professor asked, “What’s the matter, son?”

“I have no feeling of power,” admitted Peale.

“Listen while I read a verse of Scripture.” He opened his Bible and read softly: “He gives power those who are tired and worn out; He offers strength to the weak. Even youth will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait upon the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

Even the strongest person grows tired during a strenuous day or a difficult experience. Energy ebbs and fatigue takes over everyone from time to time. Each of us has discovered the limits of our endurance at one time or another.

But God’s power, strength and might can never be diminished or exhausted. He is never too weary or occupied or indifferent or uncaring to come to our rescue when we call humbly upon Him. These verses remind us that He alone is our source of strength if we turn to and call upon Him in our time of need.

But we are reminded to “wait.” We need to learn the practice of “resting” in Him and “depending” upon Him for His strength and power, knowing ours is limited.

Prayer: It is difficult, Father, to admit that we are not all powerful and all knowing as You are. May we come to realize our need for You to meet the demands of life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
It only lasted fifteen seconds.

But the 1906 earthquake that leveled most of San Francisco caused 375 deaths and left over 300,000 people homeless. Death, destruction and devastation were everywhere.

Tragedies occur every day – some much more significant and severe than others. But the significance of any tragedy is always personal – What impact does it have on me, my family or friends.

God is so good to us that we rarely prepare for the unwelcomed, unwanted or unanticipated events in our lives. They usually come unannounced or when we least expect them. When we awaken to a beautiful sunrise or go to bed following a glowing sunset, it always brings a contentment with life.

In times of prosperity there are many who want our friendship or our presence. It is good to laugh and be happy. But what happens when life falls apart? What do we do or where can we turn?

For the Christian there is always the Lord.

Jesus said, “Come unto me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest!” He offers us His unconditional love when we feel abandoned, His strength when we are weak, His peace when we are troubled and His grace when we sin.

Prayer: How marvelous are Your gifts, our Father. To know that we can come to You whenever any need arises is beyond reason but not beyond Your compassion. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.