January 23, 2009
Blogging the 23rd Psalm – Encore Presentation from 7/21/08
The Lord is my Shepherd
Guess that makes me a sheep. Sheep know their master’s voice and follow it. Do I?
I shall not want
I have lots of wants. But few actual needs. Some translations say, “I lack nothing.”
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters
Notice he has to MAKE me lie down; life is too hectic; too stressful most times
He restores my soul
Ever felt that you needed a soul restoration? Probably thought more about getting an oil change.
He leads me in the path of righteousness
And then frequently, my sin nature leads me right OFF the path of righteousness
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me
Amen, positionally anyway. Practically: Couldn’t we walk AROUND the shadow of death?
Your rod and staff comfort me
The signs of your authority over me should make me feel secure
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies
In a world of people who neither respect me or believe in You, You have me singled out as Your special guest…
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows
…and set apart to do something special; even on days when nothing special is on the agenda
Truly, goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life
Your love pursues me, in good days and bad
And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Our relationship continues beyond this life into the next
Paul Wilkinson (the added part, not the original; that belongs to King David)
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