Are We There Yet? (Week 2)
Are We There Yet? (Week 2) 6/21/20
Psalm 23 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. If you have ever taken a road trip, you have probably heard these four words.
ARE WE THERE YET? They come from an anxious desire to get to the destination as quick as possible. During this time of uncertainty and waiting, many want this season to be over. Studying Psalm 23 can encourage our souls knowing that God with us in the journey to the destination. There is purpose in the trip.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
• Green pastures, still waters – Israeli shepherds predominantly live in wilderness areas and have two seasons: the rainy season from November through March, and the dry season from April through October when the landscape is brown. Sheep depend on their shepherd to lead them to food, water, and rest. Don’t miss your opportunity to rest along the journey.
Genesis 1:6-7, 11-12 6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 2:1-3 1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Rest- (Hebrew, shabath) cease working
He teaches us to stop and rest by example.
Sabbath in Old Testament. Cf. Exodus 20:8-11 The Sabbath is the fourth Commandment and was given as a reminder to rest, like God did after creation. To keep this mandatory day holy, people had to abstain from their normal jobs on Saturday.
Sabbath in the New Testament. Cf. Romans 14:5-10; Colossians 2:16-17
• Make time on the trip to rest in the Lord
Matthew 11:28-30 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Rest- (Greek, anapauō) peace, ease or refreshment Cf. Psalm 26:3; 46:10
Philippians 4:6-7 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Rest is pausing from our busy schedules, to make time with Jesus to refresh us spiritually, mentally, and physically.