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.
- 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
- 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.