Last Sunday morning we spent time looking at looking at the familiar Psalm 23. Mike our preacher, acknowledged that it was hard in our urban context to perhaps fully appreciate the sentiments found within the Psalm, and we struggled to find a closer fit that embraced our circumstances, but we still found within it some eternal truths. Since then, I’ve been on the look out for additional interpretations, and whilst certainly not speaking to our context either, found the following example an interesting addition.
"THE LORD IS MY DROVER"
The Lord is my drover, I travel well. On outback tracks He finds green feed. He guides me safely to cool waterholes; His understanding revives my dusty life.
He remembers the best stock routes, For which His name is well known. In deep gullies, shadowed by death, I am not frightened. You, my Lord, are with me, Your camp fires comfort me. You make sure there is food for me, Even in the times of drought. You provide midday shade for my head, Your water tanks overflow.
Care and kindness ride beside me every day of my journey, And I will rest in the pound of my Lord forever. Psalm 23 (by Bruce Prewer in "More Australian Psalms", 51.)
Since Sunday, it’s been a busy week, with much activity taking place under the church roof. One such day was Wednesday evening with 3 separate gatherings taking place concurrently. This included our second Ash Wednesday service of the day, which interestingly fell on St David’s day. Those who have followed my writings over the years will know that St David is one of my favourite saints. As well as having a beautiful cathedral and city named after him in Pembrokeshire (incidentally the smallest city in the UK), he was known as urging those whom he taught to focus on the “little things” of life.
As we now enter the season of Lent, rather than setting large and impressive goals for our walk with God, perhaps that can be the challenge for each of us; to take notice of the “little things” that will make a difference in our lives and in those of others. To close, I share with you the personal prayer prayed by those in both services yesterday. Perhaps it could be your prayer too this lent?
symbols of repentant hearts
and contrite spirits.
We want to be transformed,
to be made new,
to learn the freedom
of serving no other master but you.
Let us heed your call,
and walk with Christ
into the wilderness.
Help us to see beneath the surface;
not denial and sacrifice,
not sin and death,
new life in Christ.
Let us seek to be changed,
let us seek to be so transfigured
by your power and glory
that we desire above all else
to be worthy citizens
of your new world of peace and justice.