Wednesday, January 18, 2012

All that I Need

Photo Source

Sometimes when reading a very familiar set of verses, one all of a sudden finds themselves reading them as if it were the very first time to hear them. A time when God, by His Spirit within, brings them to new life. And it happened this morning as I read one of the most familiar passages of all.

These are the most amazing words, and they grabbed hold of my heart. And I want to keep thinking on them ~

"The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.

He lets me rest in green meadows;
He leads me beside peaceful streams.

He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to His name.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, 
I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me.

Your rod and Your staff 
protect and comfort me. 

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. 

Surely Your goodness and unfailing love 
will pursue me all the days of my life
and I will live in the house of the Lord forever."

Wanting to let these words from Psalm 23 soak deep into my heart ... each line. So full of deep meaning. Words that meet our deepest needs. Words that so many in this world need ...

When I am in need, where do I run to first? Do I try to take things into my own hands, and become fretful when things do not work out? Or, do I take them first to the One who has "all that I need"?

A good habit to develop more and more with each new day of this New Year ~ when we have a need, take it first to the One who has all that we need. The One who pursues us with His goodness and love all the days of our lives. 

(Psalm 23 - NLT version)

Linking up at Brag on God Friday


  1. Psalms 23 is gorgeous...and this is one of the reasons I love the Message {is that the translation or NLT} because with fresh words stating the same it really comes anew to the heart:} We pray this over JJ&Susie every night so it really can become rote, but I love, again, how fresh and beautiful it all is...probably one of the most beautiful prayers/poems ever written:} and true, all true...ok, I ramble, sending you much love!

  2. So many times when my mind and heart are pondering on a passage of Scripture, God brings it up in other ways to seal it with His Blessing. I am working on a post on Psalm 23 and the words run through my mind almost constantly. You've added a dimension in your question -- Where do I go first when I'm in need. Thank you for blessing me today.