Psalm 23 Desert Psalm
I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green (grassy) pastures. Non-edible plant Edible “green” pastures
He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Dangerous waters, wadi floods
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Straight paths
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. • Rod – protection, guidance, and inspection (Ezekiel 20:37) • Staff – guidance, communication
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows Overflowing cup -you finish it to indicate you want more -in order to get more you need to empty your glass
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Lessons of the Desert • You can’t see more than the next step ahead of you, you look up you stumble • In God’s arms – no other way to survive • God is my shade at my right hand – broom tree, Psalm 121:5 • God will be just enough to get you to go one more stretch • God tests us in the desert – Deut. 8:2-5 • Experience in practice what is in my heart