Read: Psalm 23:1-6
Consider: Psalm 23 is quite often used at funerals, primarily because of verse 4 which says: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. What the psalmist says is a very powerful reminder that even in the darkest days of life and when facing death, God is ever-present, providing comfort.
It would be wrong of us to think that Psalm 23 is only about the end of life, or about facing difficult times. Look again at what the psalmist says and notice:
– The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing (v1)
– He makes me lie down in green pastures (v2)
– He leads me beside quiet waters (v2)
– He refreshes my soul (v3)
– He guides me along the right path (v3)
– You prepare a table for me (v5)
– You anoint my head with oil (v5)
– My cup overflows (v5)
– Your goodness and love follow me (v6)
– I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever (v6).
This helps us see that Psalm 23 does not concentrate purely upon the end of life, but on the fulness of life. Jesus himself said: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). As you read Psalm 23 let it encourage you about the fulness of your life in Christ.
Pray: Father, we thank you that you are interested in sustaining us through all of life, not just at its end. May we come to know fulness of life in Christ. Amen