Practical Spirituality: Personal Interpretation of Sacred Texts… Now Psalm 23

Posted on 10 May 2011 by Rev. Sonia Echezuria

There’s so much beauty and magnificence in the sacred teachings of the different religions. And there is so much Truth. Nevertheless, in order for me to truly taste them and enjoy them, I choose to interpret them from a personal perspective. For example, the Psalm 23 from the Hebrew Bible is a beautiful prayer but… what does it mean to me?

23:1 A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

As long as I allow the Lord to be my shepherd, my guide, my way shower, all my needs will be satisfied.

23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.

Acknowledging that I am surrounded by God’s presence, I allow myself to rest in the beau

ty and abundance of God’s creation. Resting in God, my emotions and thoughts resemble still waters.

23:3 He restoreth my soul; He guideth me in straight paths for His name’s sake.

I am healed from within; simply by embracing my inevitable connection with God and in the name of my Oneness with God, I become a beneficial presence in my life and in the lives of my human fellows.

23:4 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.

Even when things don’t look and feel the way that I believe is right, I can choose love and faith instead of fear simply because I know I am not alone. All the power that keeps this Universe rolling is backing me up! I am supported and guided.

23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

My life is full of empowering opportunities and God prepares a menu of wonderful options to choose from in the presence of my limiting beliefs. In spite of what my human mind may say, my cup is always full!

23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Without a doubt, as long as I allow God to be God in my live and in the lives of those who are dear to me, good and mercy will continue to come my way. And I shall continue to dwell in a unified field of Unconditional Love and Supreme Beauty forever.

When I give myself permission to make personal interpretations of the sacred teachings, spirituality and religiosity truly become a delightful tool to handle life one experience at a time.

Sweet blessings!