Psalm 23 for the Busy Christian

Yes, it’s true. We’re very busy people.

We’re busy professionals and busy parents. We have busy families, and we’re busy friends. Psalm 23 is the perfect psalm during any season of life, especially during the busy seasons.

Busy can be defined as a habitual devotion to work or having a great deal to do. Being busy is not bad or immoral.

As long as we live our busy lives in the fear of the Lord, our work and daily responsibilities can bring a lot of happiness to ourselves and other people.

All of the work we do can also be a great gift to the world.

In the ages of Scripture, no one was probably more busy than shepherds. When angels appeared to shepherds to announce the birth of Christ, they were awake in the late hours of night watching over their sheep.

Shepherds were devoted to their sheep, and they had a ton of work to get done. Sheep are known to be "dumb" animals because they lack a great deal of the intellectual sense animals have. They have no sense of direction or any sense of danger.

As a busy shepherd, King David wrote Psalm 23.

He wrote this psalm as a person with a demanding job. He was also a busy family man (1 Samuel 17:14-17). Yet, he wrote this psalm focusing on the eternal busyness of the Lord God toward him.

David says, “THE Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23:1‬ ‭(AMPC‬‬)

Just as David’s sheep had no fear or worry about their survival because they had a busy shepherd, so David reminds his soul to rest and be restored (Psalm 23:2-3).

He could rest in the green pastures of knowing that he too had a busy Shepherd who cared for and watched over him.

Make Psalm 23 a personal prayer and declaration for your busy life:

The Lord is MY shepherd. The Lord guides, protects, comforts, empowers, and calls me to rest in Him.

The Lord is your Shepherd based on His personal knowledge of your unique personality, interests, and yes, busy life. The Lord may shepherd you differently from how He did David, your parents, grandparents, spiritual leaders, or closest friends. So let Him Shepherd you according to your own needs and hearts’ desires.

Take time to speak to your heart just like David did amid his busy shepherding schedule. Find a quiet moment to get alone with you, God, and your heart.

When you do, pray these sacred words aloud:

Only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23:6

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