Welcome! We’re keeping it on the road and revving it up on God’s highway, fueled by His alphabet of Christianity from the Bible. Today’s letter is Q for QUIET. You’re probably aware of the refreshing line in Psalm 23:2: “He leads me beside quiet waters….” Today I’m sharing an adaptation of Psalm 23 that I’ve titled, Psalm 23 For The Stressed Out. These words reflect how the Lord’s truths ministered to me – I hope they build you up too.
The Lord is my stress-buster, I shall not be distressed by the messes or the masses.
He makes me lie down in green pastures of spiritual rest, before I break down from time-pressure, fatigue and high blood pressure.
He leads me beside quiet waters of wellness as the world keeps shouting and rushing by to another dry hole.
He restores my soul, He’s my psychiatrist when everybody’s grabbing a chunk of me and yanking, twisting or pinching.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. He brings me back just as I think I’ve lost it on an endless, bendless and friendless detour.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me when no one else comes along side me through the dangerous places and disguised faces.
Your rod and staff encourage me in my toughest times of conflict, change, contradictions, destructive circumstances, confidence-crisis and gritty fight for control of my life.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my particular enemies, to strengthen and enable me through inevitable and hurtful people predicaments.
You anoint my head with the oil of poise and peace when others are losing their heads in the unbearabe pressure of peers and performance anxiety.
My cup overflows with optimism, power and perseverence to follow through in my truest relationships, toughest responsbilities and trickiest trials.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life because you love me so-o-o-o-o much and are showing me how to love back.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Because of you the future is no fright. You have lived in my heart on Earth. I shall live with you in our home in Heaven. My confusion has become certainty. To live is good and to die is gain. AMEN – So Be It!
On the road with Christ, Chuck