Psalm 23 is one of the most popular Psalms in Scripture. It is a fabulous expression of how God leads and guides us on our spiritual walk. This Psalm affirms we can trust God’s guidance in any situation in your life, good and bad, and new areas of our life. David teaches us God:
- Provides for our daily needs. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures,” verse 2.
- Provides for our emotional needs. “He leadeth me beside the still waters,” verse 2. “He restoreth my soul,” verse 3.
- Provides for our spiritual needs. “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake,” verse 3.
But other than just providing for our needs, God also provides companionship and accountability. He loves and instructs us on the difficult paths. David declares God:
- Never leaves us on our own in the storms of our life. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me,” verse 4.
- Redirects us when we need correction or instruction. “Thy rod and thy staff…” verse 4.
- Comforts us in our times of trouble. “…they comfort me.”
When God calls you to take a leap of faith, have assurance He will not abandon you. According to David, God will give you:
- His continued blessing as well as victory over your enemies. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies,” verse 5.
- Power and blessing. “Thou anointest my head with oil,” verse 5.
- Abundance. “My cup runneth over,” verse 5.
- Hope. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,” verse 6.
- A sure future. “I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever,” verse 6.
Trusting and walking with God is an indispensable part of our formation as Christians. It is part of learning what faith is all about – and knowing how strong your faith is – when He calls you to walk with Him into the unknown. After meditating on Psalm 23, you might want to reflect on the story of Abraham, who was called by God to leave his present life – land, community, and even family – to go, by faith, to a land God will show him.
But God did not only command Abraham to leave his country but also promise He will make out of him a great nation, give him land, and bless him, as said in Genesis 12:2-3:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Abraham never knew where God was leading him, how he would get there, or why God had chosen him. He simply said “yes” and did what God commanded, even when some of His commands did not make sense (such as the sacrifice of his son Isaac) to his human mind. Abraham left everything for God to journey with Him to a foreign land, earned His friendship by faithfully trusting and relying on Him, and finally found everything in God.
In the end, God fulfilled His promises to Abraham. He made him the patriarch of many nations and one of the greatest examples of our faith.
Where are you now in this stage of your life? What do you want to do? You may be on the exact right path at the exact right place today but sometimes God might be calling you to walk with Him into the unknown. Are you willing and ready to journey with Him? Are you ready to grow your faith in Him – and with Him?