Hi, friends! Welcome to the Psalm 23 Mug challenge, where I encourage you to spend time with your Shepherd from the first sip to the last of your morning coffee (or whatever you drink!) Here you will find prompts from Psalm 23 to pray through. Feel free to jump in any week, or you can start from the beginning here.
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
The life of a shepherd in David’s time was nomadic. The flock constantly needed to be moved to fresh pastures, places where they could find water and safety from predators. The twenty third Psalm traces the footsteps of the shepherd with action words:
v. 1- provides
v. 2- makes me lie down, leads
v. 3- refreshes, guides
v. 4- walks, takes away fear, comforts
v. 5- prepares, anoints, overflows my cup
v. 6- follows with His goodness and mercy
All of these words can be put into two categories: Movement and Care.
These two actions are synchronous with once another. A shepherd can not show care to his sheep without moving the flock to where they need to find nourishment or safety.
This is why I love how David ends this Psalm. Not with walking, following, leading, laying down, drinking, eating, or moving. But with dwelling. Can you imagine how the sweetest most unfulfilled dream of shepherd who never had a true forever home would view the permanency of Heaven? Oh to be in that sweet place with Jesus and never have to worry about shadows of sadness or death, hunger, exhaustion, or threat of attack! The psalmist doesn’t end the passage with dreaming of sitting in the house of the Lord forever, or standing, or eating, or walking, or sleep. Just dwelling. To be with Jesus is enough.
Dwelling has been the discipline that you have been practicing all along on this journey through the Psalms. To be with Jesus, enjoying His presence and the promises He has given you. It is a difficult task to sit and not be distracted, yet if there is anything that can take your mind off the worries of this world it is this: Heaven.
Today as you finish your journey through the psalm (and your last Psalm 23 mug challenge!) , I want encourage you to put your mind on things of Heaven. What do you think it is going to be like? What are the things you will see, hear, smell, taste, and touch? Who will you talk to? What questions will you ask? Ask God to reveal ways that you can encourage others with the promise of Heaven.
In this world filled with trouble, I don’t think we spend nearly enough time just imagining the sweetness of a permanent home with our Shepherd. I pray that it will change your perspective as you go about your day.
I know that you’ve probably heard this song many times, but I hope it can encourage you!
Blessings, sweet friend, and thank you for taking this journey with me.
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, 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 forever.
Please post a photo of your mug with #Psalm23mugchallenge (or screen shot and share my image) to encourage others to join us! I’d love to hear your thoughts and reflections from the day’s challenge.
What has been your biggest take-away of this entire challenge?