The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
This is such a beautiful portion of scripture. I think David articulates so well the benefits and rewards of knowing God and being in relationship with Him.
Let’s be honest, we are prone as human beings to strive for accomplishments, to get through challenges, to reach beyond ourselves, to become something or someone. We often set high expectations on ourselves to achieve, to succeed, and to have a life that means something. Both are not necessarily wrong but without recognising the need for God in the midst of such striving and such high expectations, we may just cause stress, illness, frustration, resentment and hurt.
I am so glad for these six verses that so simply remind me that the best way accomplish or to really succeed is to give everything over to God and allow Him to take the lead. To align my life with Him and to give Him permission to do the following seven things…
He anoints me…
I think these are all with the purpose of seeing me flourish. Helping me to grow. Placing me in the right environments at the right time to bring about the right results. I can do some of them myself and although I may think I know myself well, I am glad that I have a heavenly Father who knows me better. Who counts the very hairs on my head. Who has my name written on the palm of His hand. Who knitted me together in my mothers womb. Who will never leave me and who is always with me.
He does them. He needs to do them. I just have to let Him. I struggle at that sometimes, so I have an easy prayer ~ Lord, help me be better at allowing You to lead and getting me, my thoughts, my emotions and my opinions out of the way so you can. Amen.