Psalm 23, The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, 3He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. 4Even 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. 5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
This week we’ve been looking at Psalm 23 to answer the question, “How can I move from being stressed to being blessed!”
The first key was found in verse 1—We must look to God to meet all our needs!
Verse 2 of Psalm 23 provided the second key: We must Obey God’s instructions about rest!
The third key to moving from being stressed to blessed is: We must go to God for guidance!
In the same way that looking to someone else to meet our needs and not getting the REST we need provide added stress in our lives so does indecision, there are times we simply don’t know what to do and indecision brings stress. What job should I take or keep? What home should I buy or keep? Should I get a new car or keep the one I have?
Here’s what Psalm 23:3 says, “He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.” In other words, if we let God be our first source of direction in life and not our feelings, our wants or other people, we will be blessed and not stressed.
So how does God lead us? God leads us through prayer, His Word, and worship. If we saturate ourselves in these areas, we will be equipped to make decisions that are blessed and not so stressed.
Think about it and have a great day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D