Psalm 23 (NKJV)

Mark 1:14-20 (NIV)

Read through Psalm 23 and what do you see?  What do you learn?

Basically, the Psalm is all about God, “The Lord.” It’s all about who “The Lord” is and what God does.  Read through the Psalm and take in who God is and all that he does.

God acts for our good; leading us to green pastures, still waters, paths of righteousness, goodness, mercy, and promises to be with us in the darkest times, even where there is death and we are surrounded by enemies.

Jesus name means God saves.  Jesus carries on the saving ministry of God in the New Testament.  He begins his ministry, “proclaiming the good news of God. 15 ‘The time has come,’ he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!'”

The Good News of Jesus and the Old Good News of Psalm 23 is that God saves.

And the question remains, do we want to be saved or believe that we need saving?  That’s why Jesus urges people, urges us, to “Repent and believe.”

God is alive seeking to save and to lead all who would follow.  Our part is to repent, follow, and hold on to “The Lord” who deeply loves us.

Dallas Willard, author and writer on Christian Spirituality writes, “Grace is not opposed to Effort, it is opposed to Earning.”  God offers his leadership, grace, mercy, and love and we need to offer our response, our yes, our effort, our lives.  May we deepen our walk with God in this Lenten Season.