A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will 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 your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Oh how this Psalm has given me such comfort many times over. I memorized it as a child in Sunday School. I would recite it to myself in times that everything was going well, and when my mind was in despair. I have walked through that dark valley several times, and I have always come out of it. It is true that He is always with me. I have experienced His presence even when I felt hopeless. I know that if/when I walk through the valley of depression in the future I can trust my God.
When I run, especially when I run trails, He refreshes my soul. Whether I am pouring out my heart in sadness, in frustration, or in praise, He hears me. He comforts me. Running somehow connects me to God in a way that sitting in church or praying at home doesn’t. I am reminded of God’s many wonders in the world around me. Running gives me a chance to look at so much beauty in his creation. My cup truly overflows when I take it all in.