Monday, October 6, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, October 12, 2014
Psalm 23: 1-3, 3-4, 5, 6 (Read)
“I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life.”
It is said that this wonderful prayer was written
at the end of King David’s life. We are with
David as he passes from death to life
on God’s holy mountain.
Isaiah says the Lord will provide a feast of
rich food and choice wines on His holy mountain. (Isaiah 25: 6) Our psalmist tells us,
“The Lord prepares a table before me; He anoints
my head with oil, my cup runneth over.”
Isaiah says that God wipes away our tears. (Isaiah 25: 8)
King David tells us, “Even though I walk through
the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for you are
with me.” What greater companion would we want as
we face death? St. Paul agrees -- his strength comes
from the Lord, through Jesus, who empowers him. (Philippians 4: 13)
This is the same Lord who shepherds us in the Psalm.
“He restores my soul.”
David sets the tone for what is to come -- Jesus
becomes the good Shepherd, leads us beside
still waters, guides us along the right paths.
With the Good Shepherd as our guide,
if we walk with him, we are sure to be among
the chosen ones, and we are sure to be clothed
in the right clothing when we arrive on
God’s holy mountain.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. King David, our psalmist, is confident that he will
dwell in God's house for all the days of his life. What draws
you to God's heavenly mansions and what gives you confidence
that you will live there?
2. The Psalm's verses reassure us that we are God's sheep and
our Lord is our good shepherd. Are you one of His sheep, and
in what way are you gaining repose in His pastures?