Listen to this daily worship
Psalm 23:3b (NLT)
3b He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
The word translated as ‘paths’ here does not denote a nice, tarmacked surface with kerb stones. It comes from the word ‘calf’ and so means something more like the tracks made by animals or the tracks followed by oxen pulling ploughs. In other words, the Psalmist is not evoking an urban ‘sidewalk’ but a rut in the dirt. And if the word ‘rut’ has too many negative connotations for you, try the word ‘groove’ instead… you know you want to!
Guider of steps,
whenever I get stuck in a rut,
help me discern whether it is of my own making
or the track you have laid for me since the beginning of time.
Bring alongside me faithful companions
to facilitate my wondering,
assist my wandering,
and celebrate with me when I find my groove,
my true-north groove,
which brings joy to me and honour to you,
each and every day, AMEN.
LENT FOCUS 4: PASTURE
This week our focus is ‘pasture’. See if you can find time each day this week to read Psalm 23 and reflect on the imagery it contains. Consider what verses you will carry with you for the rest of the day. You could even try memorising some or all of the verses.