"Go and make disciples…and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Matt 28:19-20)

Psalm 23: 4-6


The following is the conclusion of my thoughts on the 23rd Psalm. We pick up where we left off last time with verse 4:

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

Even in your lowest of lows, in your deepest dispair, when it looks like all is lost, the Lord is telling us here that He is with us.  He walks with us in our darkest times and because of that, we should not be afraid.  Change will come, sadness will have its time in our lives, people will die, and we will be hurt, discouraged, and mistreated at times.  But God gives us comfort in knowing that He is ordering our steps, and He is going before us to make a way for us. 

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Like a shepherd uses his rod and staff to both chastise and protect his flock, so the Lord uses experiences, people, events, etc.. to guide us in the right path…and to correct us when we stray from Him. 

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. 

In the sight of those who seem to be against us, God will often bless us before their eyes.  Also, in the midst of a trial we can have peace, knowing that even in the battle you may currently be in, the Lord Himself will minister to you and provide your needs while He is waging war against your enemies.  Do not forget that the battle (all battles, spiritual and physical belong to the Lord.  He is our Champion..you cannont fight your battles for yourself and expect to be victorious…only He can bring the victory!)  Our Lord knows who we are and where we are and He will not forsake us.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
God will use our trials and tribulations to change us and grow us spiritually.  Our conflicts shape who we are.  Our response to difficult times reveals our character.  God works all things together for our good.  That does not mean that life will always be easy and without strife, but that no matter what we face: God is there.  He will use our worst experiences to mold us in His image.  He is forever preparing us to be His bride.  He is setting us apart and getting us ready to be with Him.  As we let Him do this in our lives, we begin to experience blessings that are indescribable and immeasurable.  Our cup ….overflows…

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever

David has come to the conclusion that he can trust God to do what He says He will do.  We will have our times of trouble, but you can be assured that the Lord will always bring into our lives only what will help us to grow in Him , to become more like Him, and things that will prepare us for His purpose for our lives.  Because God does not withhold any good thing from us…

[11 For the LORD God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the LORD withhold from those who do what is right. Psalm 84:11 NLT]

 …we can be assured that our lives will be seasoned with goodness and blessings and we have the promise of an eternity in Heaven with our King. 

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