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Delight in God Our Shepherd

Psalm 23 served as the place of teaching this last Sunday.  While most of us know the Psalm so well we forget that it's not a funeral Psalm (as it is used in funerals so often), but rather a Psalm of Confession - David's confession of God as His Shepherd...over the whole of his life..through the good times, the bad times, the ugly times...God has faithfully directed his ways through all of the Valleys of life.

I ended it with summarizing the last verse as "the hound dogs of heaven".  "Surely, goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever".

I ran across this some time ago, and it sums the Psalm up beautifully: 
The Lord is my Shepherd = That’s relationship.
I shall not want = That’s supply.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures = That’s rest.
He leads me beside still waters = That’s refreshment.
He restores my soul = That’s healing.
He leads me in the paths of righteousness = That’s guidance.
For His names sake = That’s purpose.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death = That’s testing.
I will fear no evil = That’s protection.
For You are with me = That’s His faithfulness.
His rod and staff comfort me = That’s His Watching Over Us.
He prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies = That’s hope.
He annoints my head with oil = That’s consecration.
My cup overflows = That’s abundance.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life = That’s His Grace.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord = That’s security.
Forever = That’s Eternity.

Peace to you


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