Sunday, August 28, 2011

Psalm 23

For our family cruise in September 2007 Dad asked each of the men in the family to prepare a devotional so they could each take one night and lead devotions.

In going through some documents on the computer I found the devotional Mike prepared. I love finding things like this. It just makes my heart smile.

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Psalm 23 – God as our Protector and Provider in Life

1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

  • We are His sheep
  • I know the Lord will care for me – we commit our needs to Him
  • Jesus was speaking to the people of Bethany in Matthew 21:22 ~ And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
  • God creates situations, eagerness and desires.
  • The water refreshes us – experienced by David in Psalm 42:1 ~ As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God

3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

  • The Lord leads us slowly, straight and with purpose
  • Jesus addressing the crowds in Matthew 11:28 -- Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest
  • Slowly: The shepherd maintains a pace for us to walk with Him
  • Straight: He will not lead us astray
  • Purpose: He does not waste time or energy
  • For His name’s sake: We can depend on God to do what He promised
4Yea, 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.
  • You’ve heard the phrase: “He or she is scared of their own shadow”
  • We imagine the worst and not the best
  • In John 8:12 -- Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
  • Fear: We don’t know what will happen. We do know that He will provide our needs.
  • Comfort: Our daily walk with Christ. The rod protects us and the staff directs us by tending to His flock.

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

  • Preparest: refers to a continuous action. The Lord prepares food daily because we get hungry daily.
  • Enemies: To show God’s daily provision and care
  • Oil: The valued guest received the best seat at the table – and honored with oil for healing
  • Cup: Abundance in our salvation
  • The psalmist writes in Psalm 116:13 – I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

  • Goodness: He loves us – keeps us in His fold
  • Paul in his letters to the Romans 2:4 - Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
  • Mercy: He offers forgiveness and grace
  • Paul writes in 1 Timothy 1:15-16 -- This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
  • Dwell: Enjoying God’s presence and protection with peace and security

In conclusion: I personally want to ask for forgiveness of anything that I may have said or action performed. I love you all as my family.

2 comments:

Lhoyt said...

Thank you so much for sharing that, Lizzie. It reminded me of so many things and gave me a better insight into Mike's heart at the time.

Anonymous said...

Lizzie, that is just so beautiful. Those are such wonderful treasures...to come along and just bless you! Beautiful! Love you girl!