It’s been a while since I posted one of my daily Bible studies. Most people know this scripture from funerals. Since working out sometimes feels like my funeral (lol) I thought I would post my SOAP from this passage.
Scripture: Psalm 23:1-4
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
The Psalmist (David) understood the nature of being a shepherd. When he says he shall not want, he means that God will provide for him. God will restore his soul in the hard times. God will lead him because it means that God’s reputation rests on the line if he doesn’t. God finds places of rest and David trusts God to do it for him.
Recently Sherman has been reducing or changing my rest times between intervals. Those first runs I was able to find solace and peace. I was able to find rest in between the intervals. As they have gotten shorter or the intervals have gotten longer, circumstances have mentally kept me from finding what I need to be able to make the next two minute interval. I have to trust Sherman through this process much the same way David had to trust God.
God finds the times of rest. He promises David that He will restore David’s soul. He will find moments that allow David comfort and the presence of His rod and staff will keep David safe.
God does the same for us today.
Dear God, help me to trust you and find rest. Restore my soul as you see fit. Help me to trust others around me who are helping me through this process. Amen.