Psalm 23 May 29, 2020

Pastor Bruce Hedgepeth

Psalm 23 Valley

One of the most beloved, familiar, and comforting psalms. Sometimes familiarity can hinder me from hearing the Lord speak something new or fresh from the text.

On this reading, it is the valley that caught my attention. Where it is placed in the psalm and how that speaks to me.

Psalm begins with familiar image of "the Lord is my shepherd." It is a good, caring shepherd image, provides so the sheep lack nothing, takes them to green pastures to eat and rest; leads them to clear pure water to drink; guides them on the right paths.

Next comes "Even though I walk through the darkest valley......" Image is that this is path sheep are on. Shepherd still there-leading protecting with rod and staff, comforting sheep.

This time of pandemic has been a dark valley for all the people of earth, so words of this psalm are timely and poignant: our Good Shepherd still guides us, even on this path; God is with us; we don't need to fear the evil of Covid 19; he protects us, he comforts us. Lord, guide us to green pastures, and still waters. Show us what we need to learn in this valley.

Amen

 
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