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Reading: Psalm 23

Verse One: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want”.

There is a reason Psalm 23 is the most well-known Psalm of the 150 we find in the Old Testament. It is realistic in its look at our relationship with God. The writer is not being beseiged on all sides or being slandered by a host of evil doers. The psalmist is not lamenting multiple personal losses nor has he committed a string of sins. It is simple and straight forward. Reading or praying through the Psalm brings reassurance and comfort. It acknowledges our dependence and reliance on God. Like many passages in the Bible, it is the ideal. It is not always our reality.

Verse one begins the Psalm. It reads, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want”. If we trust fully in God and His blessings in our lives, we will not want. This is the ideal. But the reality is that the voice of the world tells us we need more and newer and better. Therefore it is a battle to be content. God does desire to lead us “beside still waters” but that incessant voice of the world says to do more, to climb higher, to indulge in life. God calls us to times of Sabbath and rest as a part of our normal routine. It is there that we reconnect with God.

God wants us to walk “paths of righteousness” and most of the time I believe we do. Occasionally we stumble into sin but the Holy Spirit is quick to realign us to God’s will. Thank you Holy Spirit. In life, at times we will experience loss and trial – the valleys – but God always remains present, bringing us comfort. Knowing that God will be there in both the present trial and in each that comes allows us to have no fear.

Verses five and six are about God blessing us. Our cup usually is full and even runs down all around us at times. Maybe it is because we are content and trust in God that it seems like our cup overflows. Or maybe it just does. Indeed, goodness and love pour out from God so it feels as if they were always following us. His love and goodness are just always there. Because of God’s love and grace, we can dwell with Him forever. It is a beautiful place to be. Thanks be to God for His Word that blessed and encourages us. Amen.

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  1. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, HE GUIDE S ME IN LIFE, HE PUTS IN HAND ON MY HEART, AND TOUCHES ME WHEN IM IN PAIN,
    THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, HE SPEAKS TO MY HEART AND CLAMS MY SOUL WHEN
    I AM HURT.
    THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, HE IS ALWAYS WITH ME,
    THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL BE STRONG AS HE HOLDS ME CLOSE.
    THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NEVER BE A LONE.
    THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, HE ALL I NEED. MY SOUL IS AT PEACE.
    πŸ™‚
    THE LORD WHISPERS, I LOVE YOU MORE. πŸ™‚
    AMEN

    PASTOR JOHN , MAY 8TH THEY WONT DO A TREATMENT, , BUT BLOOD WORK AND SCAN OF PICTURS OF BODY , MY DAUGHTER HAS A GROWTH ON HER HIP AS WELL AS THE 4 IN HER NECK,
    SHE STILL WORKS PART TIME,
    SHE tough. BUT GETS WEAK. I TOOK A PART TIME JOB, CLEANING MY APT BUILDING FOR OWER TO KEEP MY MIND BUSY, I PICK MY OWN HOURS, AND I WORK AS IM DOING IT FOR JESUS.
    THE LORD , IS MY SHEPHERD, THANK THE LORD , AS THIS OLD WOMEN WOULD NEVER WANT TO BE WITHOUT MY LORD.
    AMEN.. πŸ™‚

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