So, how well are you resting?
With all the discussion about the importance of self-care and taking time to rest…
I wonder, how’s that going for you?
I’m guessing that you, like many others, struggle to actually relax and rest occasionally … that’s why so many articles are being written and people are talking about it so much!
We’re exhausted and we don’t know what to do about it!
With more and more people being prescribed medication for anxiety and sleep problems, I imagine you and I could probably find plenty of people with whom we could share our problems at 2 AM … if we knew who and where to find them.
I used to call my mom, “the healthiest sick person I knew.”
She was a breast cancer survivor who lived with arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia, and severe osteoporosis. And those were just her health issues. She was a mom and seriously, what mom doesn’t worry about her kids and grandkids.
Like all of us, she had plenty of reasons to stare at the ceiling each night pondering the problems of the day.
But she didn’t…
My mom, would pray Psalm 23.
And as she did, she would put her problems in the hands of her Shepherd.
She would tell us she never got through it the third time … as she always fell asleep first.
I love praying Scripture. And for years, I used to simply recite verses in my head as a way of praying them back to God. The Psalms are great for that.
But in recent years, I’m discovering the joy of praying Scripture by taking a verse or section and praying not only the words but what they mean to me. Making my prayers personal more than recitation.
And today, I’m doing that with Psalm 23 because I need to put my problems into the hands of the Shepherd to find peace and be able to rest.
I’d love for you to join me…
How to Pray Psalm 23 When You Need to Rest
The Lord is my SPsalm 23:1
I have all that I need.
Lord God, Your Word says, your “sheep listen for Your voice and follow You.” (John 10:27) That is my prayer! To know and listen to Your voice in a world that is loud and constantly clamoring for my attention and focus.
You are my Shepherd. And when I listen and follow, I have all I need.
Everything I need! Everything!
Forgive me for confusing my wants and my needs. Help me trust that if You have not given me something … I either don’t need it or the time is not right. May I recognize that in those moments I am listening to the wrong voices.
Please help me know Your voice, help me trust Your provision … help me rest in your loving care.
He lets me rest in green meadows;Psalm 23:2
He leads me beside peaceful streams.
Your life-giving water gives me that peace. Your Spirit leads me and guides me … filling me with Your perfect hard to understand peace. And even when the world around me is chaotic and crazy, I know I am safe, secure, satisfied, and still.
He renews my strength.Psalm 23:3
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to His name.
Father God, thank you for Your gift of forgiveness. I will forever thank and praise You for washing me clean and for healing my brokenness. You restore and strengthen the very core of who I am.
And because I am Yours, forgiven, restored, and renewed, I have all I need to trust and follow Your will for me … not to earn Your favor or polish my crown, not to impress the people around me but simply to bring glory to Your name. Because I want everyone to know the joy of living under my Shepherd’s care.
Even when I walkPsalm 23:4
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
forYou are close beside me.
Your rod and Your staff
protect and comfort me.
Lord, even when the way is dark and the road is rough, I will trust You to be with me and give me everything I need. Why? Because You have faithfully done so every day of my life.
You held me close and protected when life was hard and circumstances seemed unbearable. You healed my broken heart, filled me with hope, and gave me joy. You have been faithful to Your promises in the past and I know You will continue to fulfill every promise in the future.
I am not alone. You are with me.
Your rod protects me and Your staff guides me. I have nothing to fear. Through any crisis, You will give me hope, strength, courage, comfort, and protection. And even when I
You prepare a feast for mePsalm 23:5
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Father, You have given me so much. You pour so much grace and mercy into my life … I can’t help but share it with others. Your love and forgiveness have been so abundant in my life that I have everything I need to forgive others, even those who would consider themselves my enemies. I am able to forgive because I have feasted on the blessing of Your forgiveness.
You anoint me with holy oil preparing me for life in Your presence both today and eternally. You pour blessings and gifts into my life with such abundance that I am able to bless and serve others.
You are so extremely generous! And as I remember Your blessings too numerous to count … I enjoy a peace that only You can give. I have no need to worry … I am in Your care.
Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.Psalm 23:6
Father, With Your help, I will trust Your goodness and unfailing love every day of my life. And thank you for pursuing me when I am tempted to wander and worry.
With Your Spirit’s help, I will live each day confidently knowing … I am safe in Your care. I am forgiven and loved. I have everything I need.
I am secure under the cover of Your promise. I believe…
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.Psalm 16:11
Thank you, Lord! Your grace, mercy, and love cover my life with everything I need. Amen.
Pray Psalm 23
Whatever is keeping you awake and making it hard to rest, remember…
Your Shepherd loves you.
Your Shepherd leads you.
Your Shepherd provides for you.
Your Shepherd fights for you.
When the Lord is our Shepherd, you and I have everything we need!
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