Reflection on Psalm 23 (King James Version 1611)

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[1] The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

[2] He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me besides 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: though 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 forever.

This chapter in the Bible is, one of the most widely known text, in all of the scriptures.  It’s one of the first ones, that I remember my parents teaching to me as I was growing up.  What is this God-inspired psalm written by David (a shepherd turned King) telling us.

I believe it is letting us know, that no matter what we go through God is always there for us.  If He is there, we can be sure that he has come with provision and protection.  The same way that sheep rely on their shepherd, we must rely upon our God.  No matter what you’re going through fear is replaced by comfort, lack is replaced by provision, blessings come in abundance, and His presence is reliable.  When we find our self in a quiet place with Him, we are able to experience a peace like no other.  In this place, we’re able to come to our senses.

If you’re like me, there are times when we are bogged down with life.  Whether it’s stress from work or family, it can consume us.  The car is in need of a gas tank.  You’ve got too much month at the end of the money.  It doesn’t matter what it is; because, it won’t out last his provision and protection.  I hope that you’re encourage on today to speak life into your situation by resting in the Most High.

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