Our call to worship this week is Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
This well-known Psalm is often used at memorial services to comfort us in our loss, and it gives us a wonderful promise. However, its truth is also a source of strength for daily living, to know that God is with us in every situation we encounter. His everlasting love will never fail or be taken away from us.
God gives us the assurance of His holy presence no matter what we face here on earth. We may endure the valley of the shadow of death by leaning on His strength. He wants us to understand that our suffering here will not last, but that His blessing is eternal.
God provides a way, leading us through the trials of our lives when we place our trust in Him. Our aim is to stay near Him for blessing, security and rest. By this faith we may dwell in His house forever.
Loving Lord, You alone are mighty to save. Help us to see our own strength is never enough, but through Your love we are made whole again. Amen.