“Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing.” ~Anonymous
Sometimes it’s good to let the truths of Scripture just wash over us and speak to us. The Holy Spirit can use God’s Word to quietly comfort us with His presence and peace. Meditating on the simple truth and comfort of God’s Word as we thoughtfully read it can be unusually refreshing. Slowly and thoughtfully read this familiar passage of Scripture as a meditation of your heart. I pray it will continue to speak to you throughout your day today.
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 honor 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 honor 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. (Psalm 23 NLT)
As a Christian leader, it is wise to slow down and ponder truths that bring you strength, comfort and clarity. Don’t move so fast that you leave your soul behind. Be intentional about meditating on scripture throughout your day and see what it does for your soul. God’s Word can refresh you like drinking a glass of cold water does on a hot summer day.
Leaders are action-oriented. We are doers who live with a sense of urgency to get things done. Most leaders need to discipline themselves to slow down and be still in order to reflect and gain fresh perspective. Leaders are always in danger of wearing themselves out, as well as driving those around them to weariness.
Have you ever been so driven that you’ve lost perspective on your true priorities? A timeout is not a bad strategy. Taking a break from the intensity to be refreshed and renewed with God’s Word is wise. When you pause long enough to gain His perspective, you will see both your goals and obstacles with fresh insight.
Clarity is the leader’s friend. Activity can cloud clarity. It’s like stirring up pond water, you have to let it settle before you can see clearly again. Being refreshed by the Word of God has a calming effect that helps us stop striving. Meditation on His truth helps us to be still and let things settle. When we slow down and let things settle, we see everything more clearly.
Be intentional today about meditating on the truths of God’s Word. Read Psalm 23 over and over until God refreshes you with His divine presence and perspective. Find rest in His refreshing word.