Restore My Soul: Psalm 23, A Journey of Rest and Return
This Lent, Adventurous Obedience will journey through the familiar and beloved Psalm 23, taking a deep dive into relationship with God our Shepherd. “RESTORE MY SOUL” begins with Ash Wednesday, released on Monday, Feb 15th, followed by weekly reflections released every Friday through Lent, ending with a Maundy Thursday reflection.
Read the Psalm in different translations and take time to savor the words through the practice of divine reading, reading slowly and with the intent to listen for the word that speaks to you. You may also want to memorize it so you can meditate on it while taking a walk or doing house chores.
|Psalm 23 (MSG)||Psalm 23 (NIV) A psalm of David.|
| 1-3 God, my shepherd!|
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction. 4 Even when the way goes through
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure. 5 You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing. 6 Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.
|A psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.|
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
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