I read a devotional book written by David Roper and published by Discovery House. I found peace as God gently talked with me through these devotions.
“Through your darkest valley, God is with you,” he said. His devotional is centered on Psalm 23.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
David Roper goes on to say, “Trust God to provide for you, guide you, and protect you.”
I like David’s soft approach to some of life’s scary stuff. The book brought peace to me as I read it with my Bible open and always having something to write on. I never rush these times of devotion and always include prayer.
“The Twenty-Third Psalm is one of the most well-known passages in the Bible. Why? Because it shows you how finding your way through the darkness of life can be easier when God leads the way.” (David Roper)
King David understood the adversity that draws us to God’s heart. Neglected by his parents, he was deeply scarred. His family would have ruined him if he had not fled to his heavenly Father for refuge.
Psalm 27:10 (NKJV)
“When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the LORD will take care of me.”
A lot of us have scars that haunt us. Things that we fear. Let us do as the Psalmist did: make our way to the Lord!
In His presence there is peace. That peace can be so calming it passes all previous understanding.
Psalm 4:8 (NKJV)
“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”
Psalm 119:165 (NKJV)
“Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.”
Finding a place… a time… to meet with the Lord has become a priority for Jeannie and I. Our prayer is that you will do the same. Together in a state of mind of peace and assurance, we can encourage one another.