A Refreshed Soul

Week beginning: 5th May, 2019 | By Naomi Cooke | Surrey

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)

Perhaps this passage from the psalms is familiar, but it is easy to rush past. Many of us work or study in pressurised, busy environments, where anxiety and stress have become the norm, where moaning is commonplace, and where peace is not easily found.

We are not immune to such things, but we do have a shepherd who wants to lead us to places and spaces where he can refresh us from the inside out. Learning to follow him there and 'lie down' can be challenging if your mind is still ticking things of the do-to list. Perhaps we need to be more intentional about making that time to be still and spend time with our risen Lord.

Even as David struggled with internal and external battles, he found the Lord leading him to green pastures and quiet waters; places where he could be refreshed and regain focus, being reminded of who God is, even in the midst of surrounding chaos. As we still ourselves, sit for a moment, take the time to rest, we may find ourselves similarly reminded that God is the Lord Almighty, our shepherd, and He is with us.

Do you need to make time to allow God to refresh your soul?

Prayer points:

1. Thank God for the refreshment that he offers (and take the time to receive it!)
2. Ask God for opportunities to share the soul-refreshing hope that we have in Jesus with colleagues and friends.