A Thanksgiving of Psalm 23

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:5-6

As we prepare for this week’s Thanksgiving table, I am pondering the “table” that God has for me:

My Shepherd provides so I do not need to want. He sets a lavish feast before me; He anoints me head to toe with amazing goodness. He fills my cup of blessing to overflowing. Everywhere I go, His goodness and mercy go with me. And, when my journey here is over, I will live with Him forever.

How could I ask for more?

I don’t know, but I do. I ask Him for all kinds of things. Asking and wanting are very American hobbies. Every year, the dichotomy of Thanksgiving Day juxtaposed with Black Friday sickens me. And yet, I participate in my own ways.

So, this week, I’m meditating on the 23rd Psalm; my family is memorizing these final two verses. I do not want the frenzy of this world’s asking and wanting to be the rhythm of our souls.

Because, when it’s all said and done, those of us with a relationship with Jesus are living for there, not here.

 This year, I want to make sure that whatever asking I do, it will be for the sake of others. And, as for wanting, I want all the goodness and mercy God has given me to truly follow me by being multiplied through my life into the lives of others.

‘Cause, really, as fun as a good deal is, I would much rather make my way to Heaven’s gates clutching more little lambs in need of a Shepherd, not shopping bags.


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