As you study today’s devotional, remember this; “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)
TOPIC: Still Waters
He leads me beside the still waters. – Psalm 23:2
RECOMMENDED READING: Isaiah 40:10-11(NIV)
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
David Jeremiah Devotional 7th January 2023 MESSAGE
Let’s adopt Psalm 23 for 2023!
In his book on this passage, J. Wilbur Chapman suggested a practical way to experience God’s green pastures and still waters. He wrote, “Every day must begin with feeding … and end with quiet contemplation of his mercy … The day which began with feeding must end in quiet thoughtfulness if we would keep in fellowship with the Lord, and absorb his beauty of holiness”
What a picture!
There’s no better way to start the morning than by spending time in the pasturage of God’s Word, feeding our souls and gaining His perspective. Some people have only five minutes; others can spend an hour. But we shouldn’t skip our spiritual disciplines at the start of the day. And in the evening before retiring, we can enjoy the still waters of God’s peace as we contemplate His faithfulness through the day.
TURNING POINT: His Spirit attends us in various ways like “waters” – in the plural number, you will notice – to cleanse, to refresh, and to strengthen. But he cannot be appreciated or appropriated in his transforming power until we have learned the lesson of waiting before him in perfect quietness. – J. Wilbur Chapman
Rev. J. Wilbur Chapman, The Secret of a Happy Day (Boston, MA: United Society of Christian Endeavor, 1899), 43-44.
READ-THRU-THE-BIBLE: Genesis 24-28