I Am Blessed, In Spite of Whatever (Psalm 23) // Sunday, May 8, 2022

I Am Blessed, In Spite of Whatever (Psalm 23) // Sunday, May 8, 2022

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Scripture: Psalm 23 (Common English Bible)

The Lord is my shepherd.
    I lack nothing.
He lets me rest in grassy meadows;

    he leads me to restful waters;
        he keeps me [a] alive.

He guides me in proper paths
    for the sake of his good name.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no danger because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff—
    they protect me.

You set a table for me
    right in front of my enemies.
You bathe my head in oil;
    my cup is so full it spills over!
Yes, goodness and faithful love
    will pursue me all the days of my life,
    and I will live[b] in the Lord’s house
    as long as I live.


In Eastertide, we continue in the season of Resurrection through God in Jesus Christ. With Resurrection comes renewed challenges, renewed hopes and renewed possibilities. In order to seize the day, we must reset to realign with God’s will for our lives.

Like sheep, we may stray, but when we reset our ears to listen for god’s voice and our hearts to follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd promises to walk through the darkest of days with us and lead us to the restful waters.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What is a word, phrase or image that comes to mind when you read or hear the text?
  2. The King James Version of Psalm 23:3 says God “restoreth my soul.” The Common English Bible translates this verse to read that God “keeps me alive.” How do these translations differ in meaning? Which one speaks most to you? Why?
  3. What does this scripture teach you about restoration?
  4. What does God invite you to do, change or be through this passage?

Discipleship Huddle Questions:

  • How is it with your soul?
  • How does your soul prosper?