In book club we’re reading The Good And Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith, and one of the exercises he encourages is simply praying through Psalm 23 upon waking in the morning and before bed at night.
I memorized Psalm 23 as a child in Sunday School, and it has hidden in my heart ever since, peeking out every so often to comfort me. How kind of you, I told God. You tucked these words into my mind as a child, and now I can recall them and recite them to myself at a moment’s notice.
It has truly been restoring my soul.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil.
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and loving-kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Does your soul need to be restored? Every day for the next week, recite this Psalm to yourself upon waking and before bed, and report back to me.