Peace AND Enemies? (Psalm 23, Weekly Word!)

I’ve slacked off in my reflections on Psalms the last few weeks.  I am skipping Psalm 22 since I did that one around Easter (and after I finished writing this, I realized I accidentally skipped 21…whoops!).

Read Psalm 23

Psalm 23 may be the most well known of all the Psalms.  We have the beautiful imagery of God as a shepherd, leading us past quiet waters where we live in peace and lack nothing.

Also, our enemies are there.  Wait, what?

I think when most of us picture peace and tranquility, we may imagine people we like there, but definitely not our enemies!  What’s going on here?

I suspect the simple truth is that we cannot have the peace spoken of here without breaking down walls and working to reconcile with our enemies.  In a world where we increasingly seek confirmation bias, spend time in groups of people like us, and easily think the worst about our enemies, this is a vital message.  Can we Christians model open conversation with those we disagree with?  Or will we be like most other people who resort to assuming we’re all the good guys and they (whomever they are) are all the bad guys?

Who is an enemy you need to sit and eat with this week?

**I recently began sending the students in CSF a brief reflection on a Psalm each Friday.  My hope is that it will provide them with some motivation to read scripture.  I have enjoyed meditating on the Psalms, and I look forward to taking the next few years to get through them all!  I decided it might be worthwhile to post the weekly devos here, so if you happen to read this, I pray it is helpful.  Enjoy.

 

Published by davehershey

My life is quite simple really. I love my wife Emily and my kids, Junia and Elijah. I serve in campus ministry at Penn State Berks. I enjoy life.

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