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.
Check out Day 1 HERE
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.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” ESV
“He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.” NLT
“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.” MSG
“He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life.” TPT
My meditative thoughts today:
Sometimes I do not realize the value of rest. Our bodies were not designed to run without rest. So I listen to the leading of the One who designed me. And the Designer leads me to a place(s) where I can find:
A quiet place for my soul.
A calm moment for my mind.
A resting place for my body.
Resources to refuel my innermost being.
In the Passion Translation, the words, “…He offers me a resting place…” pierces my heart.
He offers…and it is my choice to ignore it or embrace it.
Yet he still offers.
While I selah (stop, pause, reflect) on this a song begins to play in my ear. It perfectly meets me in this meditative moment of needing His refreshing winds in my spirit.
So today Lord, I let out the sails of my heart. Here I am, here You are.
Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:
Love you all.
Thanks for letting me ramble…