As Pastor Drew spoke, you could feel the passion in his voice as he explained “with the LORD, we have all we need.” He went on to tell us that “GOD is going to take care of you this year. He will be better to you than you are to HIM because of HIS great love.” We tend to convince ourselves that we “need” things, instead of counting on what GOD is already giving us. He always gives us exactly what we need and how can we ask for more, from that creator of the universe who promises us rest and peace. Society pulls us into thinking that we deserve so much, but David shows us that GOD gives us exactly what we need, when we need it. To have faith like David is to give over the control the world has on you to GOD and let HIM take care of you. We do not need to want because God will provide all we need. (Philippians 4:19) (Luke 12:15)
As we think about starting this new year, David goes into verse 3 explaining that God restores our soul. (Psalms 23:3) Sometimes at the end of the year you feel drained and just want it to end so that this new chapter can start. We have all had years like this, but the great thing that David explains is that GOD is right there to restore you to HIS Glory. God then leads you down the path of righteousness for his names sake. (Psalms 23:3) This is an incredible verse because GOD leads you exactly where HE wants you. GOD’s purpose is always greater than our own and the key to fulfilling your purpose is to trust GOD along the way. God lead David into numerous battles to possess the land promised to the nation. David lives in the wisdom that GOD will take care of him though, because our path to “righteousness is for his names sake.” God leads us not only for a purpose, HE leads us for the sake of the glory and honor of HIS own name. God is always working towards good. We must trust that the path GOD is leading us on should be nothing, but a light to the world; showing that GOD is faithful and provides for all needs. God would not lead you astray or make himself look bad, so we must trust that we are restored and lead exactly where we need to go.
Psalms 23 goes on to say that, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not fear.” God offers us such comfort that, you can easily say, “I am not afraid of anything.” We all live in the looming unknown of tomorrow, but David shows us that we do not have to be afraid because even in death, we gain. (Philippians 1:21) The start and the unknown are the scariest part of stepping out and living for Christ daily, but David combats our fears with the fact that God is always with us. We do not have to be afraid because we are not alone. GOD is with us in every situation and every moment. If the creator of the universe on our side, then there is no enemy who could stand against us. (Romans 8:31)
David then leads us from this high feeling of immense comfort to a vision of his own overflowing gracious heart. He says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” (Psalms 23:5) David opens his soul to us at this moment and shows us that with GOD there is always hope when you trust in the LORD. That even among enemies or hard times, GOD will still give you a banquet table filled with your needs. He is our refuge and fortress. (Psalms 91:1-2)
David ends this Psalm with a profound statement saying that, “Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” David makes theses matter- of- fact statements with no hesitation. David’s faith is so strong that he knows God will take care of him and that he will not fear because God is with him from now till the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20) David shows us that if you put our trust in the Lord, you have nothing to fear and without fear your heart is open for GOD to live in it forever. (Hebrews 13:5)
In this New Year, instead of resolutions let us simple be lead to “Live for God” and let our faith be guided by the truth of HIS great love. I pray our faith is as unfailing as David’s and with GOD we learn to be satisfied by our needs and not ruled by our wants. Let us always understand that God restores us and we have nothing to fear in this world when we put our trust in HIM. Living for GOD assures us that we will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever, and that promise leaves us with indestructible hope for the New Year.