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Psalm 23 teaches us the importance of communication with our Father, that it is important that we talk about Him to others, but that we also talk to Him.
In verses 1-3 David refers to God as “he”:
“The Lord is my shepherd…
He makes me lie down…
He leads me…
He restores my soul.”
Then in verses 4 and 5 David refers to God as “you”:
“I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me.
You anoint my head with oil.”
Then in verse 6 David uses third person:
“I shall dwell in the house of the Lord.”
What we must learn from David in Psalm 23 and other psalms is that we should not talk about the good news of God without having a personal relationship with the God we talk about. We should frequently interrupt our talking about God with talking to God.
Let us move from the general to the specific with God. Not only should God be someone we speak about, but someone we speak to.
Not far behind the theological sentence, “God is generous,” should come the prayerful sentence, “Thank you, God.”