Good Morning! Happy Monday!
I hope you had a great weekend! This morning, I got woke up a little slower than usual, but got my coffee and opened up to Psalms.
I would love to submit this- Please don't skim over Psalms 23. I love the absolute certainty that David is declaring here. His prayer is not based on a feeling or a good situation, it's purely based on what David knows as truth.
Let's unpack Psalm 23 and see what he is saying:
The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing. (Psalm 23:1): The Father, He is my Caretaker, my Shepherd, my Overseer, my Guidance Counselor, my Sustainer, my Provider, my Best Friend, and Giver of all things. With God comes fullness. There is no lack.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. (Psalm 23:2-3): He helps me to be still in His presence so that He can bring peace and restore my soul. The Lord provides strength for my weary heart and enables me to keep going.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:4): When nothing and no one else satisfies, when I feel the weight of life overcome me, He refreshes me and restores my soul. The Lord has given me the necessary tools to live a life that glorifies Him. I have His Word and the Holy Spirit who is my teacher and guide. The peace of my soul is connected to all that God already is.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; (Psalm 23:4 :The Lord is near to me in my lowest times . Even though I may walk through dark times, I trust that God is with me even there. It is in those times where I press into Him, spending more time in His presence, letting Him love on me. When I am close to him, all the worldly cares fall off my shoulders.
Your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. (Psalm 23: 4b): The Lord’s banner is over my life brings protection and comfort. As long as I am walking in the ways of the Lord, his authority and protection abide with me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies; (Psalm 23:5a): When my enemies are against, God is right there beside me. But if I feast/chew on His word, and learn to be still in His presence, it makes walking through those times much easier. Feasting on His word fills me up!
You anoint my head with oil; (Psalm 23:5b): The Lord anoints me and sets me apart for service to Him. I was reminded of Jesus and how he was anointed for burial. When I gave my life to Christ, I became dead to my old nature, and alive again in Him. My old nature has been buried with Christ, and my new nature has been made alive by the anointing and power of Jesus Christ.
My cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5c): Knowing that if I were to lose everything and only left with the Father's goodness and love, that is more than enough for me.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life, (Psalm 23:6a): When my heart is tethered to the Father's heart, nothing can separate me from HIs love.
My hope is in You only, my heart is Yours.
Grateful 5: COMPLETED!
Song: Your Glory/ Nothing But the Blood- All Sons and Daughters
Here's my 20 minute living room workout: Repeat x3
- 15 jump squats
- 5 pushups
- 25 high knees
- 10 burpees
- 15 lunges
- 5 pushups
- 25 jump squats
- 1 minute wall sit
How does Psalm 23 speak to you?
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