The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters; 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff—they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
Being CEO to several companies I was expected to be their best salesperson and I typically sold clients products and services we didn’t offer. I had total faith in my own capabilities and never doubted my ability to reinvent our companies and keep my client promises. Our companies flourished and as a naive young man, I thought it was all me. As I matured and faced challenges that were completely out of my control, I realized having faith in myself just wasn’t enough and spiritually foolish. So, I began reciting Psalm 23 every morning. It reminds me God is always present and that I’m truly never alone. Through prayer, I can feel the Holy Spirit guiding me, and I seek God’s influence in helping me to make decisions. Sensing the presence of Jesus Christ is especially important when my judgments will impact people’s lives. Knowing I can connect with God at any time and seek His guidance is comforting and leads me to make smarter, better decisions.
During the most difficult of times, God is there listening to my prayers. His answers convert monumental challenges into manageable actions; transfer doubt into hope; replace fear with reassurance, and turn stress into relief. God provided David the poetic talent to pen Psalm 23 providing each of us the security to know that even in death, God will be there to comfort us. God’s hand touches everything in my life including my business activities and competitive negotiations. Once I surrendered my old ego to God, I began to truly believe He will always provide for me.
God, You have blessed me, my family and friends beyond my wildest dreams and aspirations. Thank you for placing Your mercy and grace upon my head no matter where I am, or where I go … I am forever in Your house. Amen. ~Dave Scelba