It becomes easier to speed read past certain chapters or phrases in the Bible, because I've already studied them, had a revelation, and moved forward (hopefully applying what I learned to my life and spiritual walk).
I know those words, some of them by heart.
Last night I found so many those words, the ones I often speed through, coming to my mind. As I spoke them, as I said out loud, "this is truth; this is what I believe; this is what I know to be real," I felt the peace and goodness of the Lord surround me.
I'm going to share some of those words. Maybe the second most memorized scripture after John 3:16, and one that is so easy to breeze through without sitting still long enough to think about the truth and enormity of what the words mean. I offer them to you, and ask you to read them slowly, with fresh eyes. And I pray that the Lord will speak to you as He did to me last night.
1 The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 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.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
What words have given you light in a dark time?