Daily RCL Bible Reading Devotional – April 18th, 2016

Scripture Reading(s)

Psalm 23

23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.

23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.


Justin-Holmes1.jpgThose who dwell in the house of the Lord won’t have a perfect life. However, they will have a blessed life. We see countless times in the Psalms where David laments his own situation. Yet we also see psalms like Psalm 23 where David is rejoicing over the blessings that he has because of the Lord.

As we get busy with our life and careers we tend to forget to pay attention to all the blessings we have. I was just thinking the other day to back when I was a young engineer, living in a small apartment with a futon, computer desk, and a chair for a TV stand. I was happy. I had mostly nothing but I felt blessed just living life.  Now I have a home, furniture, a decent car, a fiance, a dog, and more than I can count of things I don’t even need. Yet, even with all these things sometimes I don’t “feel” blessed even though I certainly AM.

It’s important to remember where we came from and all God has done for us. Whether it’s getting on your own two feet or even starting a new life after a major life event. We all have blessings to count. Let us be content with our lives and live in communion with the Lord, from whom all blessings flow.

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