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09/11/2015

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The Lord Is My Shepherd


"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." (Psalm 23).

When we look at the 23rd Psalm, we find an beautiful and endearing gem of literature. In its simplicity, it is literally unsurpassed in its ability to give one comfort. More than likely, many of us have committed it to memory and may even remember how and when we memorized it. This wonderful pastoral psalm has given many a measure of comfort in times of discouragement, sorrow, apprehension and even despair... Its metaphors are so simple, its imagery so vivid, and its lessons so simple that it has been endeared to the heart by generations of people, and will continue to do so. It crosses lines of race, creed and age, as its truths are so evident that it withstands the tests of time. I would like to look at and dissect the psalm over the next few devotionals... I hope that we can derive many good lessons of life from it and make it a bit more than something we have simply memorized... Lets begin with "The Lord is my Shepherd..." The Lord is the great and absolute I AM! His works started with the creation, and His involvement and evidences remain. Note the possessive pronoun, "my" that implies belonging and ownership. Man is small, but our God takes note of us and wants to care for us... Every Christian ought to be encouraged and uplifted to think of God in terms of being our Shepherd... Jesus said this; "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me..." (Jn.10:14). I feel comforted already, how about you

Have a great day... T. G. I. F. Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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