Here we explore and discover the God of all Comfort through the lens of Psalm 23. Fresh thoughts and experiences have shaped this two-part episode. When part 2 is released, we will link to it here.
He is a God who wants to comfort us and bring wholeness to our perspective and our experience.
Acknowledging grief and pain is a sign of health.
vs19 “sensitivity” means “to cease to feel grief and pain”
Reframing negative emotions and experiences; not to avoid them, but discovering God’s design in them.
The fact that I feel pain is me participating in what God is feeling over my experience.
Let us learn how to let God comfort us.
David knew God as his comforter, guide and source to having his soul restored over and over and over again.
Not Living in Lack
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
A Shepherd creates the environment by meeting the needs of the sheep so that the sheep can lie down.
He’s saying, “I will be the One that shoulders that and I will give you steps of wisdom for your to walk out, that will be infused with joy and desire so you actually get refreshed by the doing and not worn out by the doing.
Ultimately, we are not our own Savior.
Led Along Paths of Righteousness
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Our vision gets restored as a by-product of our soul being restored.
The Beauty of a Trial
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.
Trials ultimately reveal the places that we haven’t yet trusted God. That’s the beauty of a trial.
There are things, circumstances, interactions with people, looming future implications that oftentimes intimidate or threaten us, but the truth is they’re not real. It’s the shadow of death.
The shadow of death no longer has hold on us. It does not threaten, it does not intimidate because we’ve already died to everything that would govern fear, and we’ve been resurrected in a newness of life.
Valleys are the places that have the lowest grade up the mountain. They have the freshest water sources for the journey. To keep you restored along the way.
Next episode we will pick up at Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table…”
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