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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Psalm 23


"The Lord is my SHEPHERD..." The Lord Jesus is my ruler, my guide, my friend. He is my herdsman that keeps me company when I'm alone - He is my Pastor.

"...I shall not want." As my ruler, my guide and my friend, the Lord will provide ALL that I need and I will not want for no thing!

"He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters." The Lord gives me rest when I need it. He leads me to where I need to be and leaves me to rest in the comfort of His presence where I am safe.

"He restores my soul" The Lord refreshes me when I can't do it myself. When hope is lost He is there with me, giving me strength.

"He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake."
I can not lean on my own understanding, but instead must learn to trust in the Lord. If I acknowledge Him in everything I do HE will lead me in righteousness on the path that He chose for me before time began!

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."
No matter what I face, even death, I will fear nothing for the Lord Jesus, the creator of the universe, and ALL contained in it is with me! The most powerful force that exists has got my back - whom shall I fear? No weapon formed against me shall prosper because He is there to crush it with His rod (club; word; power). His staff rescues me when I'm in trouble!

"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;"
Even when surrounded by enemies, the Lord sets before me a feast, a banquet of safety in His word, His blood, His purpose for me. He is my shield and my strength!

"You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over." The Lord has anointed me to do His work, according to His will and plan, not mine. He has bestowed on me an exceeding abundance of blessings - so much so that I bubble over with His love!

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life"
I am surrounded by angels, protecting me at all times. Their names are determined by their function - SURELY will always be there when I call; GOODNESS will invade my heart and cause me to act righteously, even when I am too weak to do it myself; MERCY enables me to to show the love and compassion of Christ to all I encounter. These protectors will be with me always!

And at the end of the race, when I lay my head down for the last time on this earth, when I breath my last breath, I will instantly be transported into the presence of God and there I will live through all eternity!

"And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever."

Hallelujah!

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