Life can get pretty busy sometimes as we rush around getting chores done or travelling to and from work, in traffic or on crowded tubes, trains or buses. At work you may have to deal with difficult people and situations. Then we get home and there’s still more chores to get on with. Maybe you’re a carer or a parent of small children and the work never seems done. Rest seems a foreign thing and when it’s time to sleep you collapse with exhaustion into your pillow, knowing that you have to do it all again the next day.
Sometimes even a holiday doesn’t help with the exhaustion, because you spend the whole time trying to keep all the family happy that you feel worn out and ready for a holiday from your holiday! We need a Psalm 23 holiday!
That’s right, you need to get before God with your over-tired mind – whose cogs have been on overdrive – take a deep breath and sit in the presence of God. You don’t need the newest worship CD or a great sermon by a great preacher, you need to get alone with the One who restores your soul.
The scripture says to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). Another version says to ‘cease striving’ and know that He is God (NASB). He knows what you need better than you do. He knows the ‘green pastures’ and ‘still waters’ that you personally need. Allow the Father to restore you as the Word says. The word ‘restore’ in Psalm 23:3 is a Hebrew verb that indicates ongoing, continuous and intensive action. In other words, when God restores us it is an ongoing thing. If you are in relationship with the Father then He is restoring you with His very own life-giving self continually. Even in the middle of chaos and stress if you take a moment to acknowledge that you know the presence of God is with you then He can calm any inner storm that may be present.
Being in God’s presence is one of my favourite places to be. There are times I have come to the Lord as a frantic stress ball and have felt the restorative presence of God bringing balance to my thinking, calming me, and helping me to see situations from a different, healthier perspective. Take a Psalm 23 holiday and stay on it forever.