The 23rd Psalm Beautiful :)

saturday psalm 23

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! The Twenty Third Psalm!!!

Psalm 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalm 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalm 23:4 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.
Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psalm 23:6 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.

The 23rd Psalm is one of the most beloved chapters in the entire Bible. This Beautiful and Calming Psalm has “dried many tears that many hearts have poured into Prayers.” Millions have memorized this passage and pastors frequently turn here to help comfort those going through trials and tribulations, illness and on the brink of physical death. In Psalms 23 King David describes his intensely intimate personal relationship with the Lord.
While calmness in life is not always attainable, one can walk through the darkest valleys of life without fearing evil because the Lord as our shepherd provides and protects those He calls His own.
1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
He calls us His own, is truly a testimony of how deep and wide His love is for us! This is the kind of love in which God’s own Son, Jesus, the “Good Shepherd” (John 10); laid down His life for the sheep so that the path to come to know Him might forever be established and open to all who believe! O what sense of contentment it is to know that God has not and will never abandon His relationship with His children those who believe on him.
“I lack nothing.” We live in a discontent society that derives their sense of fulfillment and self-identity from the accumulation of material wealth. Over the last half century disposable income in Canada has risen a staggering 600 percent! Those who forsake the springs of living water to enjoy their own carnal pleasure will not be content for moths, thieves, and ultimately time will rob them of true happiness!
Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Matthew 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

When David said:
Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psalm 23:6 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.

When David Said “my cup runneth over”, He was not saying that God shepherded him by giving him the carnal desires of his heart but rather that his trust in God who is perfect, never changing, and promises are forever. David has everything he needs.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside the still waters.” Since the lands of the Bible are mostly dry, rocky and having sparse water, it would be quite a feat for any shepherd to find “pleasant places full of all the necessities of life: green pastures of grass and quiet streams providing water for drinking.” God not only finds these oasis’ for His sheep but also provides the peaceful conditions necessary to get the sheep to “lie down” and rest.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 6:36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

“For His name’s sake.” The shepherd searches and restores the life of the lost sheep so that his reputation might be known as being “good” at taking care of the sheep. In a similar manner, God our Shepherd acts in ways that confirms and reveals His character and nature a being holy. While the shepherd cares for his sheep he is known as the “Good Shepard”, God takes care of His sheep to demonstrate His love for them! God has entered a covenant relationship with humanity that cannot be broken! While God’s reputation is bound up in His Love for Them is seen at the Cross, and his promise for eternal life. God truly loves all of humanity and His desire is that none should perish. However we need to remember he gives us all free will, and he will not make anyone believe, he could but he won’t.
2Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Psalm 23:4 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.

While these valleys can be places of rich pasture and much water, most of the time they are a dry, rocky wasteland surrounded by canyons. Walking along the dark shadows of these canyons would instill a sense of fear of flash floods, wild animals or bandits who could quickly come and kill the sheep. Likewise, the Christian life as God’s sheep is not always one of tranquility, one mountain top experience after another! God gives us valleys so that by placing our faith in Him we might persevere and mature in the faith
James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Where would Noah be without a flood, David without a Goliath or Moses without a Pharaoh? It was precisely by persevering through their valleys that these men of God matured and became some of the greatest leaders in the Bible! “It is important to note that “the valley of the shadow of death” is as much God’s right path for us as the “green pastures” which lie beside “quiet waters.”
All of us have experienced some kind of valley, and most often have come out a stronger, more faithful person. The best thing during these valleys, the best thing is to surrender completely to the Lord. So many blessings can come from these times. What a Blessing to be the child of the most high of the Lord of lords, the King of kings, of the Great I Am.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows, Christian life as well. We are asked to serve God in the presence of a world that hates and wishes to do us great harm:
John 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Even in the presence of our enemies God expects those who are his, to not only survive but to thrive! While the journey might be fraught with trials and tribulations we can be rest assured that the Good Shepherd, who has gone to prepare a place for His sheep, will return and take us to dwell in His garden. What a glorious day that will be when we no longer just receive crumbs from the Master’s table but get to feast in His presence forever!

ROCK OF AGES
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.
Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
[originally When my eye-strings break in death]
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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