I thought I’d meditate through Psalms 23 with all of you this week.
This week at Kfirst, we are focusing on a meditative approach to the scriptures. “Meditation” is, perhaps, the most underused and misunderstood approach to the bible. Often, “meditation” is associated with eastern religions or New Age “disconnecting.” Scriptural meditation is not about disconnecting but engaging with the text in order to digest it.
This is what makes the bible so different. It is meditative literature designed to impact and shape our faith in Christ. Which means:
- You were not meant to get it all at once.
- We are given a text that doesn’t have every detail of every story. Why? Because the scripture is an invitation to a lifetime of learning and growing. It forces you to slow down and read carefully.
- It’s not about religious achievement.
- Reading the bible isn’t about getting the “Christian checklist” done for the day to make God happy. This is about engaging in His story and narrative.
- It was meant to be worked through in community.
- This is one of the beauties of scripture. While personal study is fantastic, there is something about how it unfolds in community when you enter into discussion with other believers.
- The point isn’t to get someone to believe what you believe. The point is engagement with people so that the Kingdom of God is built and others are better because of what was shared and it was shared.
As we are taking a meditative approach to Psalm 23, we’re going to do it bit by bit. One of my favorite “meditation” tactics is using the 5 senses in the context of the scripture. Other tactics can include memorizing scripture, focusing on specific phrases, speaking aloud, journaling, and praying it.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” ESV
“The Lord is my shepherd;I have all that I need.” NLT
“God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.” MSG
“A Psalm of David. Jehovah [is] my shepherd, I do not lack.” YLT
“The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough.” TPT
My meditative thoughts today:
- Jesus, do I allow you to lead?
- How often do I want the role of the shepherd to lead you instead of resting in your guidance? How often do I wrestle you for my wants and blame my lack of happiness because my happiness is dependent upon my “wants” instead of being thankful for my “needs” being provided for.
- My peace doesn’t rest in my hands but from the covering and care of an ever-present Shepherd.
- “All that I needed thy hand hath provided.” – song “Great is thy faithfulness”
- How much gratitude do I exercise in my life? Do I focus on what God has given me in Christ or what I feel I lack (or deserve)?
- If I only had today what I was thankful for yesterday, would I possess anything?
- I must approach what God gives as “blessing” and not “entitlement.”
Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:
Love you all.
Thanks for letting me ramble…