Psalm 23

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honour to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honour me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalms‬ ‭23:1-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Much has been said and written about Psalm 23. This word picture of a man totally immersed in his relationship with God is an inspiration and source of comfort to many, and in particularly to grieving people at a graveside. But it describes a way of life that is so much more meaningful than a photograph pulled out of a drawer in a dark moment, and replaced when the storm has passed. David, the Psalmist, was in a relationship with God that totally shaped his life and personality. A 24/7 relationship that endured. Yes, he had his dark moments when God seemed absent or far away. And yes, he screwed up big time on occasion. But he always came home to his “house of the Lord” assured by God’s love and goodness. And his legacy is found in Jesus, the “Son of David”. An epitaph that encourages us all with its link between humanity and our Creator God. Through Jesus we have the same opportunity to write our own particular and personal version of Psalm 23. Our own story of our relationship with God that will encourage those of our generation, our family and friends, if we are willing to share it. David did, and so must we.

Generations

“Our children will also serve Him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything He has done.” Psalms‬ ‭22:30-31‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It is a wonder that the knowledge of God and all the things He has done will pass from one generation to the next. Worldly, man-made religions and associated organisations more often than not will peter out and disappear over time – the ancient Egyptian religion is but one example. But Christianity has prevailed and survived for over two millennia now and is growing strongly in some parts of the world, even though it is in decline in others. But the Word of God endures forever – because that is what God has ordained. It is the purity of the Word, and the “Word become flesh”, Jesus, that seals the relationship God has with mankind for eternity. Secular organisations and politicians here in the UK may try their best to stamp out Christianity and replace it with their own particular brand of “religion” but the Bible is quite clear about the eternal longevity of His Word. Here are two examples:

Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will never disappear.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:35‬ ‭NLT‬‬
The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So it isn’t surprising that “the wonders of the Lord” pass from one generation to the next. We will all leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren, the next generations. What will be mine? Hmmm…