by | Jun 4, 2024 | Leadership, Ministry Leader, Pastor | 0 comments

Psalm 23 is one of the most beloved of all the Psalms. It carries fresh meaning for those of us who lead. In today’s episode, John and Jim unpack how leaders can navigate chaotic times by tuning in, listening to, and following God’s voice.

Psalm 23:1-4 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

David’s words here are a clarion call to get alone with our Heavenly Father and get quiet enough to hear His voice speaking.

“I shall not be in want.”

  • David would never have to make significant decisions without God’s help. And neither do we!

“Green pastures . . . quiet waters.”

  • David was not talking about physical green pastures here – he was referring to solitary places that God led him to.
  • Quiet waters were places he got alone with God, where he disconnected from his duties as king and quieted himself so he could tune in and listen to God’s voice.

“He guides me.”

  • David received direction from God in these quiet places.

What do David’s words mean for those of us who lead in the 21st century?

  • Before God leads us in our calling, He leads us to Himself. He invites us to unhurried time with Him.
  • God dispels fear in places of solitude. Sometimes God will lead us into places that have the capacity to cause us anxiety.
  • When I feel anxious about the future… getting alone with God really helps. When leaders live out of the overflow of alone-time with Jesus – they can experience peace no matter what is swirling around them.
  • God gives us clear direction in places of solitudeWhen we get alone with God and wait there for a while and tune into His voice – He clarifies what it is He wants us to do.


If we are serious about following God’s lead in a world plunging into chaos . . . follow Jesus to green pastures and quiet waters so you can hear Him speak to you. Before He leads you to a new season or a big decision, He is going to lead you to Himself.


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