READ: Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Today is Labor Day. It's a day where everyone is off from work and school. It's also the last day that pools are open for the summer. The purpose of Labor Day is a tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
We recognize this day by taking it off from work and spending time with our families and friends. Maybe some of you are hosting a barbecue or going to one later this afternoon.
Did you know that rest is part of the Bible? It's actually something really important. On the 7th day of Creation, God rested - not because He was exhausted but to show us an example of how we should live. In verse 2 above, David writes that God makes him lie down in green pastures and beside quiet waters.
That's pretty interesting when you think about the fact that many of us will be lying down beside the pool or hanging in our backyard today.
When was the last time you took a good rest? I'm not talking about sitting on the couch watching Netflix all day (Though that is one of my favorite day-off activities). I'm talking about completely relaxing and resting. In fact, one of my favorite things in the fall is to open the windows and take a nap with that fresh air flowing in.
And that's what God wants us to do. He wants us to rest and to rest in Him.
Today, take some time to read this Psalm in your Bible and jot down some notes about ways you can rest in your life. Write down some ways in which you can let God refresh your soul.
Find that time to rest in God and in His Word. Make it a daily part of your life.