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.
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.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” ESV
“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.” NLT
“You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.” MSG
“You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.“ TPT
My meditative thoughts today:
This grouping together of 3 distinct moments are brought together in Jewish hospitality.
Preparations are made for an honored/welcomed guest (especially from a long and challenging journey (v. 4).
Oil is both soothing to the head and reviving to the smell. It refreshes the sojourner.
I have more than I’ll ever need poured into a cup.
This is my Savior; this is my God.
He is the One who leads me through my journey but doesn’t leave me as a casualty of my journey.
When I feel surrounded by the darkness that wishes to consume me, in the face of my opposition, my Lord feeds my soul (table), revives my mind (oil), and refreshes my spirit (cup).
This is my Savior.
Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:
Love you all.
Thanks for letting me ramble…