The 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. (Psalm 23:1-3)

The story is told of two guys that were playing golf on Sunday morning. As they were playing, one of them said to the other, "My wife is always on my case. She's constantly fussing at me, nagging me to go with her to church." 

He continued, "I really don't feel like I need to go to church. I can worship the Lord out here on the golf course as well as I can in a church building.  Besides, I grew up in church, and I know my Bible. In fact, I know all the Bible that I need to know." 

The other guy said, "You know the Bible? I've never heard you quoting any Scripture out here on the golf course. In fact, I bet you 10 dollars that you can't even quote the 23rd Psalm." 

His friend said, "The 23rd Psalm, man, I've known that since I was a kid. I know it like the back of my hand."  And so he began to quote his version of the 23rd Psalm: "Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow. And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go." 

And then he said, "Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take."  He continued … "God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food.  By His hand we all are fed; thank you, Lord, for daily bread." 

The other fellow just looked at him and shook his head. He said, "Man, you're right. You do know your Bible. Here's your 10 dollars."

Sometimes we don't know these familiar passages as well as we think we do. In fact, sometimes we treat them in the same way that we treat our fine china.

We put it on display behind glass and we light it up and say, "Isn't that beautiful?" If we use it at all for its intended purpose, it’s usually only on special occasions. Perhaps it’s time to take down that fine china and use it.

Today, and every day, I encourage you to do the same with the Bible. Open the Word of God and take a look at what God would say to you today. God’s word is beautiful! Don’t just display it, use it!

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!