April 30, 2020 ~ Psalm 23

Readings for Sunday, May 3, 2020

 

Acts 2:42-47

Psalm 23

1 Peter 2:19-25

John 10:1-10

 

Psalm 23:

Psalm 23 delivers some of the most beautiful and deeply comforting images in the whole Bible, and is a favorite of many. This psalm expresses that God satisfies every need. The images shift throughout the poem, but that central idea remains constant. The words of Psalm 23 are realistic, as they confront our experiences of suffering, fear, and alienation. Yet, they are words of absolute trust. As Christians, we trust that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, tends us and guides us into right relationships with each other and with God. Jesus has shown us the way of faith and calls us to follow him.

          This Sunday, we will read Psalm 23 from the New King James Version, as this is familiar to many of us. Yet, often the familiarity of the words of a favorite passage of Scripture can hinder us from hearing the meaning and intent of its words. Eugene Peterson’s translation in The Message offers the words of Psalm 23 in a way that we might hear them anew:

 

God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows;
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word, you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through Death Valley,
I'm not afraid when you walk by my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I'm back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.

 
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