While I was spending so much time sitting in bed with my legs wrapped in cold, wet towels I realized something. This summer felt like I was cursed with injuries and illness. Yet I noticed that I was spending a lot of time thinking about the things for which I was grateful. It made me think of 1 Thessalonians 5:18; In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Originally published on The Comfortable Coop
The 23rd Psalm has always been a favorite of mine. It’s full of promise and joy. Hope and happiness should be what people take from it. But one thing I’ve noticed is that people misinterpret part of it and misuse it. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” People have linked the end of verse 4 with punishment and that’s incorrect. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me was understood by earlier generations because they understood the purpose of the rod and the staff.
Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me
The Bible states that “A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15:13 It’s true, of course. Our spirits are so easily broken when our hearts are sad. It’s easy to be sad at heart, especially in the world we live in today. Modern conveniences and mass communication can be wonderful but they also often lead to us feeling sorrowful. But, so much more often than not, I have a joyful heart. In fact, I’m generally so cheerful I actually worry about it sometimes.
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