I think that’s where Psalm 23 comes in. It comes in and tries to reorient me. It tries to shift my focus from being occupied with self—which wears me down and burns me out—to being occupied with God—who longs to renew my soul and make my cup overflow. Which can sound self-centered in and of itself unless we realize how the spiritual life is designed to work. It is the overflow of the life of God within me that is supposed to pour out on those around me. True ministry is always designed to happen as a result of this overflow.
Psalm 23 is God’s attempt to say, “How I long for your attention and your affection. And the things that occupy you only distract you from what is most important—me. So stop. Just stop. Let go of all of the things that fill your space, and make time and space for me. Here is what I want you to do today: lay down, be still, be mine. Everything else will take care of itself."
Lord God, I am still so full, it seems, of everything but you. Help me to let go of all that occupies my heart and soul, and help me to take hold of—or be taken hold of—by you alone. Make me lie down in green pastures and lead me beside still waters, that my soul may be restored to its creation intent. Amen.
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