Yesterday I reread and thought about Psalm 23. How full it is of wonderful promises. It is a psalm that fills my soul with joy. I find that joy is something that is often missing from my life. I take things seriously and the troubles of the world lay heavily on me.

But I believe God wants us to be cheerful whatever our circumstances. He asks us to be playful as children. We need to become as children, delighting in the beauty of an autumn leaf or sparkling reflections on the water. God has given us a wonderful world to live in. So often we think about the destruction of nature instead of delighting in it’s beauty.

So let us remember that with God we shall lack nothing, we are invited to lie down in green pastures and to have our souls refreshed. Even in the darkest night we need fear no evil. We are promised goodness and mercy all the days of our life and to dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. That makes me to be filled with joy.