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.

The law is like a checkerboard. The law is painted black and white. Applying the law to life is what law experts do when they meet in court. The challenge lies in the nature of the beast – people are not black and white. They are not one way or the other.

Guess what: The Lord is no checkerboard. He could be seen as a law expert since He came out with the Ten Commandments. However, I don’t think we do Him justice to confine Him to being our Judge. If we do, our view of God is black and white.

David’s sigh of relief as he breathed his prayer is like a splash of color:

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.”

Here is a challenge for you: Get to know the colors of the Lord. David could tell you all about it. He is no model citizen. If you look into his life story you’ll find he did many great and noble things, but he also committed murder in cold blood to protect his interests. Even in a situation like that when David got caught red-handed in a murder case, he relied on God’s judgment rather than on people’s judgment. People have a tendency to condemn. God doesn’t. God is a God of color and He understands the subtleties of a human being. God is our judge without being judgmental.

The best way to describe the effect God has on my life is like a fog lifting from the valley. When I became aware of God the fog slowly lifted. The first things I detected about God were His outlines, His do’s and don’ts. But as any friendship, my relationship to God has matured over the years. I see more than just His outlines when I look at Him now, and I study Him like a painting to see His nuances and subtleties. Life with Him is no walk in the park, but it’s definitely rich. The richness of colors, shades and hues is overwhelmingly beautiful. In His presence we don’t lack a thing.

Sticking to a world of black and white because it feels more secure, we’re definitely missing out. Walking with God, we experience a rainbow.

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