We must be wise like an ant that without a ruler prepares its food in the summer, and gathers its sustenance in harvest (Prov 6:6-8; 30:25). Work hard and “do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord” (Rom 12:11). Hard work brings results for those skillful in their jobs (Prov 22:29). Be diligent therefore and do the will of God from the heart by obeying your earthly masters, rendering service with enthusiasm to the Lord (Eph 6:5-8). For, the diligent finds satisfaction for the appetite the lazy craves, and gets nothing, while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied (Prov 13:4). You must strive therefore to be a blessing to the ostracized and depressed.
Being diligent is a God-given gift which is like a fortress in our homes. Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008), a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, “Building our homes as fortresses of righteousness for protection from the world takes constant labor and diligence.” That’s why we find in David’s Psalm 23 it’s written, “I shall not want” for he knows that God prepares an ideal banquet for our every need. He leads us to enjoy “still waters.”
Abigail Adams (1744–1818), a former first lady of the United States wrote, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” God’s divine diligence is evident when he restores our souls, for he comforts, gives us rest, and leads us in “paths of righteousness.” This is like Adams’s feelings, for God leads us with assurance as people “walk through the valley.”
Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008), a religious leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints wrote, “We magnify our priesthood and enlarge our calling when we serve with diligence and enthusiasm in those responsibilities to which we are called by the proper authority.” In our calling people need to be guided by our Lord. That’s why his “rod and his staff” do the job in bringing us back into the fold when we go astray. People are comforted by our caring and loving Savior. God prepares a table for our heavenly banquet, for “goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives.”
William Penn (1644–1718), an English founder of Pennsylvania wrote, “Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.” Undoubtedly God’s protective gifts are for all believers, and they can say with certainty that they will “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” What a climax to this joyful 23rd Psalm.
In hardships and suffering people must give praise and thanks to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. David A. Bednar (b. 1952), a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, “Conversion is an enlarging, a deepening, and a broadening of the under girding base of testimony. It’s the result of the revelation of God, accompanied by individual repentance, obedience, and diligence.” Psalm 23 is definitely reassuring to the brokenhearted. For it provides us with gifts of everlasting rest, relief from sorrows, and pains. It gives joy, hope, and everlasting contentment.