Good Morning Friends,
We are coming to the close of our week on a particularly glorious Friday and I hope each of you are walking with peace and joy into this weekend. Now, I know everyone has plans for the next few days. But I have an exercise I would like for you to try sometime before church on Sunday if possible.
I am quoting Psalm 23 in the text below. Print it off, and take the bottom part of the sheet to re-write the psalm in the negative form. For example, verse 1 says,
“The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need.” The way I re-wrote it was, “There is no one looking out for me, my needs are not met.”
I know what you are thinking, “I don’t want to have to push that button to print, and I don’t want to do any homework.”
But do it any way. Hear me now: This can change our hearts by changing the way we think (Romans 12:2.) There is a reason for the phrase, “sacrifice of praise.” Consider this your 10 minute sacrifice for God over the weekend.
The reason I am asking you to do this is because I believe it will lead each of us into a more worshipful spirit. This is a powerful reminder of how we live with God in our midst, and how we do not. Keep it with you and consider the alternatives. I can think of no better way to become a daily worshiper than this. If it speaks to you, you might consider bringing it with you to church on Sunday. Being able to look at it, in God’s house, always prepares my heart for worship.
Peace my friends!
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.