One time during college, I returned home for a weekend. I arrived after my family had already eaten, but my mom had set aside a plate of food for me. As I attacked the meal, my mother stood close by. Presently she remarked, "I sure love watching you eat!"
I still love to eat, so the abundant images of food and drink in Psalm 23 are comforting. Yet, what I also find inviting are the pictures of green pastures and still waters. In the rush of a modern life, the opportunities for rest and restoration are rare. Maybe we do not seek them as much as we need.
Coming home for a weekend provided more than a good meal. I was able to get away from the rigors of studying and spend time with family and friends. The psalmist invites us to enjoy just such restorations as God provides.