Psalm 23 — Traveling Light:Hope and Rest for the Weary

Max LucadoHave you read the book Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear by Max Lucado? This book uses the twenty-third Psalm to discuss the “baggage” we tend to carry and how we need to stop carrying it. Some of the baggage he mentions in this book includes fear, worry, and discontentment.

Max does a great job, chapter by chapter, giving personal illustrations of these bags and God’s solutions to our troubles. In his conclusion, he reminds us of Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (NLT). He wraps up Psalm 23 nicely with these closing comments

Rest from the burden of a small god. Why? Because I have found the Lord.

Rest from doing things my way. Why? Because I shall not want.

Rest from weariness. Why? Because he makes me to lie down.

Rest from worry. Why? Because he leads me.

Rest from hopelessness. Why? Because he restores my soul.

Rest from guilt. Why? Because he leads me in the paths of righteousness.

Rest from arrogance. Why? Because of his name’s sake.

Rest from the valley of death. Why? Because he walks me through it.

Rest from the shadow of grief. Why? Because he guides me.

Rest from fear. Why? Because his presence comforts me.

Rest from loneliness. Why? Because he is with me.

Rest from shame. Why? Because he has prepared a place for me in the presence of my enemies.

Rest from my disappointments. Why? Because he anoints me.

Rest from envy. Why? Because my cup overflows.

Rest from doubt. Why? Because he follow me.

Rest from homesickness. Why? Because I will dwell in the house of my Lord forever.

(pp 163-164).

If you are interested in reading a couple of other highlights I have written about this book, check them out:

You can join a discussion forum on this book on the Max Lucado Community site.  Or you can listen to teaching by Max Lucado on his official site.

Listen to a reading of and view an incredible video clip on YouTube of the 23rd Psalm.

Listen to Psalm 23 sung by Don Moen.

Delana H. Stewart

PS If you are a weary homeschool mom, you may be interested in one of my education articles titled:

Surviving Mid-year Homeschool Burnout.


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