At the start of 2021, Christ Lutheran Church's weekly Messages will be around a new series called "Trusting God In Tough Times" using Psalm 23:1-6.
As you use this week’s Grow-Pray-Study (GPS) Guide, the first five days invite you to focus on one word a day from “The LORD is my shepherd.” And then on day six to focus on the phrase, “I shall not be in want.”
Throughout the week memorize this verse Psalm 23:1 -- "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want."
Day 1: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1. Today focus on the word “the.” What does it mean to you that your Shepherd is the LORD, not a god? What seeks to take His place in your life? Today take time to praise Him for His care for you.
Day 2: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1. Today focus on the word “LORD.” LORD is God’s personal name in the Old Testament given in Exodus 3:15. God is worthy to be praised as our divine creator, and through Jesus our incredible Savior of all. What does it mean to you that God desires a personal relationship with you? That He cares about you? That He knows you better than you know yourself? Today praise God for His longing to have a personal relationship with you.
Day 3: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1. Today focus on the word “is.” The Bible tells the great story of God, of how He has acted in history, how He will one day come back to take His followers to heaven. Today think about what it means that God is – God is with you, God is active, God is love. Psalm 23 reminds not just of what God has done or will do, but best of all that He is here now with you. Today thank God for His presence with you. Ask for what you need for the day ahead. Seek to live out this day aware of His presence each moment.
Day 4: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1. Today focus on the word “my.” David could have said “our”, but instead he reminds himself of God’s one-on-one relationship with David (and with you). Today get personal with God. Share your heart, your life, you needs, your hopes, your dreams. While God is with everyone, praise God today for being with you!
Day 5: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1. Today focus on the word “Shepherd.” God is your pastor, your perfect pastor! He wants to lead you along life’s best path for your life. Today ask for His guidance and direction for what you face. Thank Him for His perfect love and care for you.
Day 6: Read/memorize Psalm 23:1. Today focus on the word “I shall not be in want.” The LORD God is your pastor, protector, provider and a whole lot more. Today thank Him for all that He does for you. Ask Him for what you need. Trust Him to provide and to guide you in the day ahead!
You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23" by Phillip Keller (Amazon Kindle).
Recent GO DEEPER reading opportunities:
- "Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ" by Tim Keller (Amazon Kindle)
- "The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Our World" by Richard Stearns (Amazon Kindle)
- "Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It" by Robert D. Lupton (Amazon Kindle)