Day 1: Psalm 23:1-3


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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Cultivating A Heart Of Gratitude

In times like these, where uncertainty and chaos loom over our lives, it is essential to pause and reflect on the goodness and faithfulness of God. Despite the challenges we face, we can find solace and strength in knowing that He is our provider. On this first day of our gratitude journey let us meditate on the comforting words of Psalm 23:1-3.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Psalm 23:1-3
Psalm 23:1-3

Verse 1: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

This powerful opening verse depicts God as our loving and caring shepherd. Just as a shepherd cares for his flock, God diligently watches over each one of us. The mere presence of the Lord in our lives reassures us that we lack nothing. His provision is abundant, covering our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

In a world that constantly prompts us to strive for more, this verse reminds us to find contentment in the personal relationship we share with the Lord. We need not fret or worry because He guides and provides for us, leading us on a path of abundance.

Verse 2: “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.”

Visualize the image of lush green pastures and calm, serene waters. This soothing imagery embodies the provision of God, who grants us rest and peace in the midst of life’s challenges.

Just as a shepherd leads his flock to a place of nourishment and tranquility, God leads us to places of refreshment and sustenance. He knows our weary souls and invites us to recline in His abundant provision. Whether we are physically exhausted or mentally drained, He lovingly guides us to places of solace and rejuvenation.

Verse 3: “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

God’s provision goes beyond our physical needs; it extends to the depths of our being. Our souls, burdened by the trials and tribulations of life, find restoration in His presence. In His unwavering love, He renews our spirits and equips us for the journey ahead.

Moreover, God guides us on paths of righteousness, walking alongside us as we strive to honor Him in all aspects of our lives. His provision includes guidance and direction, nurturing our spirits in righteousness and encouraging us to live a life that reflects His glory.

Day 1 of understanding and expressing our gratitude for God’s provision has allowed us to reflect on the profound words of Psalm 23:1-3. In recognizing God as our shepherd, provider, and guide, we find peace, contentment, and restoration.

Even during the darkest moments, let us remember that we have a faithful and loving God who cares for our every need. As we move forward, let gratitude for His provision be the foundation upon which we build our lives, trusting in His unwavering care and finding solace in His abundant love.

day 1 gratitude Prompts


  • List 3 things you are grateful for, recognizing the provision and guidance you receive from God as your “shepherd.”
  • Take a walk in nature and intentionally notice the beauty around you. Reflect on how these quiet moments bring you peace and restoration. Share your experiences and gratitude by capturing photographs or writing about them.
  • Mindfully engage in acts of kindness or service that align with your values and sense of righteousness. Note how these actions bring a sense of fulfillment and gratitude as they contribute to the betterment of others and the world.


Gracious Father,
Today I come before you with hearts overflowing with gratitude.
Thank You for being my shepherd and for guiding every step of my journey. I am grateful for your provision, knowing that I lack nothing. Help me to continually trust in Your unfailing care and understand that Your abundant blessings are always within reach.
Thank You for constantly leading me to places of rest and rejuvenation. I am grateful for the green pastures and quiet waters that bring peace to my soul. Help me to find moments of stillness in my daily routine and be refreshed in Your presence.
I thank You for refreshing my soul and guiding me towards righteousness. Your provision encompasses more than just physical needs, and I am grateful for the inner peace and direction that You offer.
Help me to remain obedient and follow Your guidance, so that my life may bring honor to Your name. Help us me carry this spirit of gratitude through each day, trusting in Your steadfast provision. In Jesus' name, I pray,
gratitude prayer day 1
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