The Shepherd – 1/22/17

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” – Psalms 23:6
David’s 23rd Psalm is familiar to most people because it is so often quoted and read at funerals. Because of this, the chapter sometimes seems to take on a “sad” tone and it seems so final. However, at a close look, one will certainly determine that this is a Psalm of power, life, and promise! David’s intent in this chapter is to express his trust and peaceful confidence in God. This is not a “woe is me” message. This is a declaration of the goodness and the faithfulness of God and how He empowers, protects, and provides for His children. There is no way you feel defeated or weary as you read through each verse. This chapter lets you know that even in the face of death, Jesus will walk you through it all! Verse 5 of the chapter says that He even prepares a glorious table just for His children in the very face of the enemy.
“God will one day hold us each accountable for all the things He created for us to enjoy, but we refused to do so.” – Rabbanic Saying
Psalms 23:1-6 KJV
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
I will not ever want for anything because I have everything I need through Him. I will not fear because He is with me in every situation. The devil will not win in my life because Jesus made a public spectacle of him and took away his power through the work of the cross (Colossians 2:15).

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