Each week, the pastor who preaches posts a brief synopsis of the sermon for you to see the main points made during the sermon on Sunday morning.
June 25, 2017
I do not regret getting my lifeguard certification. It meant long hours at Lake Bronson, MN, the Moorhead public pool and finally the YMCA in Duluth. With my lifeguard certification came a healthy respect for water, but I am not afraid of the water. (With a canoe and a kayak this is especially helpful.)
A healthy respect without fear.
Psalm 23 is probably the most well known scripture in the Bible. It is a prayer of trust with some bold faith statements. The Lord is my shepherd. I will not want. I will not be afraid. Your rod and your staff they comfort me. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. Is Psalm 23 a word from God about living life with a healthy respect, but without fear?
Imagine the shepherd on the rim of the valley. Will the valley have a robber? Will the valley have a bear or wolves? Will the valley have adequate water and pasture? A prayer of trust. Maybe using the Psalm at hospital visits, last rites and funerals is okay, but maybe it was meant to be our morning prayer of confidence.
Pray this Psalm 23 when you get up in the morning as you get ready for the day. Use it as a call to live each day with a healthy respect but without fear.
I go to Guatemala on mission trips with anxiety. I am anxious about the water amoeba, the different wildlife, the violence in Guatemala, fire ants … but I am called to have a healthy respect and live without fear. God is with us. Amen.