Has The Last 7 Days Made a Change in Your Life?
Last week we decided that we wanted to stop spinning our wheels in the “mud of life.”
We realized that we needed to change something in our lives, do something differently, so we could get out of our deeply entrenched rut.
What Did we chose to do differently?
We chose to take Charles R. Allen’s prescription from his book “God’s Psychiatry” and apply it to our own lives.
We chose to read Psalm 23 meditatively, 5 times a day (after getting up, after breakfast, after lunch, after supper and before going to bed) for 7 days.
We chose to prove for ourselves’ that a new pattern of thinking would actually make a difference. Why Psalm 23? – It offers a positive, hopeful and faithful approach to life.
We chose to see the Compassion of Jesus as a shepherd. (We will take a deeper look at this next week) — John 10:10-14 – I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”
We chose to prove for ourselves, that a new pattern of thinking would actually make a difference. Click To Tweet
Keep in mind Psalm 23 has only 118 words (depending on your translation) which makes it easy to memorize and many of us have – but the real power came out of these words for me when I actually followed the above prescription and read the words with the intent of pondering them.
A Helpful Example
This week, let’s look at a poem written by “Author Unknown” to see an example of how we can meditate purposefully on these words.
The Lord is my Shepherd — That’s RELATIONSHIP!
I shall not want — That’s SUPPLY!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures — That’s REST!
He leadeth me beside still waters —That’s REFRESHMENT!
He restoreth my soul — That’s HEALING!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness —That’s GUIDANCE!
For His name sake — That’s PURPOSE!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil — That’s PROTECTION!
For thou art with me — That’s FAITHFULNESS!
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me — That’s COMFORT!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies — That’s HOPE!
Thou anointest my head with oil — That’s CONSECRATION!
My cup runneth over — That’s ABUNDANCE!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life — That’s BLESSING!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord — That’s SECURITY!
Forever — That’s ETERNITY!
My prayer is that this poem will increase the power of your time spent with God.
Share in the comments below – how reading Psalm 23 meditatively helped you to change your view on life?