A Fresh Look at Ol' 23
by Allen Scott
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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT...
Lets take a look at this a little deeper shall we?
THE LORD... defining singularity and exclusivity. HE IS THE ONE AND ONLY.. He is not a wannabe LORD.. he is not trying to find himself or make a place for himself. HE IS THE LORD
THE LORD IS.......IS means present-Happening NOW... IT is not WAS LORD.. it is not GOING TO BE LORD.. HE IS LORD! HE IS THE NOW LORD....
MY... possessive pronoun taking ownership of.. HE Is not ONLY THE LORD, HE IS NOT ONLY LORD NOW, HE is MY LORD... I acknowledge and accept HIM and HIM ONLY.. HE can not be MY Lord along with others either. HE IS THE LORD OF ALL or HE is not LORD AT ALL..
AND IF HE IS MY LORD then HE is also
MY SHEPHERD..... A shepherd leads the flock... Heads up, looks out for, stands watch over, protects, guides and directs.. HE IS not only a SHEPHERD but HE is the GOOD SHEPHERD.. He is a good shepherd able to take good care of that little flock..
Luke 12:32 (KJV)
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
It is GOD'S DESIRE to give you heaven.. HE WANTS to take you there.. HE desires to have you there with him.. HE IS MY SHEPHERD
Now then if all of the above are true, then and only then can we state affirmatively to the rest of this scripture...
BECAUSE THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I WILL NOT BE IN WANT...
LACKING ANY GOOD THING
BEING IN need of that which is needful
Finding myself lost and alone...
Wanting something we do not have leads us to that place I like to call the land of discontentment.. IT IS there, that we find ourselves feeling lack and fearful and empty.. Keeping our focus on who HE IS and WHOSE we are, should free us from the desire for more, FOR HE IS ALL I NEED and HE is all I am ever going to need.. THAT has to be settled in order to live out the rest of this psalm
HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES
Notice HE HAS TO MAKE US LIE DOWN... OH.. could this be part of the problem we are too busy being busy and not taking the time to RELAX and TRUST. LYING DOWN requires faith or haven't you ever thought of that.. RESTING is a blessing from GOD, it is a gift.. THERE IS NO REST for the wicked but the Lord gives his beloved rest... REMEMBER THE SABBAOTH day and keep it holy.. ISRAEL found themselves in all kinds of bondage by refusing to honor the LORD'S SABBAOTH.. IN FACT the time spent in EGYPTIAN slavery was because they did not let the land rest every 7th year.. LORD MAKE ME LIE DOWN
IN GREEN PASTURES.....
Not some dried up old watering hole somewhere.. NO sir! HE maketh us to lie down in PLUSH GREEN PASTURES.. there is plenty to eat and safety for all.. THE TROUBLE is the green pastures of the LORD look like barren waste lands to us poor sheep who always seem to think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. GO figure...
HE LEADETH ME BESIDE STILL WATERS...
Sheep frighten very easily.. Sheep will not drink from fast moving water. THEREFORE it is in the sheep's best interest to be led to still water.. Think about this. A nice quiet day on the banks of a lazy flowing river, or lounging by the bay side on a warm sunny afternoon. NOT a care in the world.. IF you feel frazzled, hurried, rushed or otherwise driven then THE LORD IS NOT YOUR SHEPHERD.....
HE RESTORETH MY SOUL...
THAT time of LYING down in green pastures and drinking from the still waters is a time of refreshing and restoration.. YOU CAN NOT BE REJUVENATED if you are never resting.. Imagine trying to charge a battery when the battery is constantly putting out.. IT WILL NEVER GET CHARGED fully... SO it is with us if we DO NOT LIE DOWN. We will not get restored. IF we do not drink in the pure water of GODS WORD then we will dehydrate from lack of water....
HE LEADETH ME IN PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HIS NAME'S SAKE
God's got a reputation to uphold here. HE IS NOT GOING to lead you into the wrong way. ALL HIS WAYS are right. AND IF HE IS OUR SHEPHERD then we too will walk in right ways...
YEAH THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH....
Okay here maybe I am going to say something you have never seen before but I believe the LORD revealed this to me and when I got a hold of it, it set my “feet a dancing”...
THIS PSALM gets used a lot for death but it is not a psalm about death but LIFE.. YOU can not lead dead sheep.. DEAD SHEEP do not drink.. DEAD SHEEP do not eat.. DEAD SHEEP CAN NOT WALK THROUGH ANYTHING....
THOUGH I walk though the valley.... between two mountains.. a depression... a dark place.. a low place.... a valley....
OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH... A shadow is not a real substance.. TRY to grab your shadow some time.. IT is just a reflected image .. THIS world we walk through is A SHADOW of the real.. That which is seen is not what is real. What is unseen is what is real.. FOR THE LORD holds everything together.. THEREFORE we are walking through SHADOWS OF DEATH.. IT IS NOT DEATH it is just a shadow of it.. IT is a fake, phony, fraud. AN apparition.. IT is not real...Do not be moved by THESE SHADOWS this is where fear loves to work- IN THE SHADOWS.. FOR when the light has come then that which is hidden becomes visible.... Think about this and meditate on it.. WE DO NOT FEAR SHADOWS for they are not real. THAT is why we can walk through the valley of these shadows of death and
I WILL FEAR NO EVIL... Why?
FOR THOU ART WITH ME..
LO I AM with you always even unto the end of the earth I will never leave you nor forsake you... comforting words BUT DO WE BELIEVE IT...
WHEN PERFECT LOVE comes, when LOVE is made complete, it casts out all fear because fear has to do with punishment..
1 John 4:18 (KJV)
18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Fearing rejection keeps us from growing into the fullness of LOVE.. WE FEAR the torment of being left alone.. THUSLY we do not really believe that HE IS WITH ME.... The disciples were in a boat one day there was a storm.. They were frantically trying to bail out the water.. THEY were afraid they were going to sink.. JESUS was ASLEEP In the back of the boat.. THEY WOKE HIM And said DON'T YOU CARE THAT WE ARE GOING TO DROWN? DON'T YOU CARE LORD? I AM GOING DOWN HERE.. HEY can't you see I am drowning here?? OH YE OF LITTLE FAITH...JESUS is with you in the boat. IT CAN'T DROWN, just don't throw him over board..
IF THE WORD of GOD dwells in your vessel and IF You hold HIS Word in your heart and meditate on it night and day, then all your ways will prosper.. YES even though the boat looks like it is going to sink- remember it is only SHADOWS....
THY ROD AND THY STAFF THEY COMFORT ME......
Hmm we find comfort in knowing JESUS HAS a ROD of correction and a staff of direction... OH do not despise the LORD'S chastening
Hebrews 12:5 through Hebrews 12:8 (KJV)
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
WE are HIS SHEEP .. THE GOOD SHEPHERD has a ROD.. THANK YOU GOD.. THAT means we belong to HIM... HALLELUJAH THANK YOU JESUS I AM A KING'S KID I am not a bastard... THAT ROD Brings me comfort....
The staff is for direction when a sheep goes astray he grabs ‘em with the staff and brings them back in line..
THOU PREPAREST A TABLE FOR ME IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES.... Where is this table prepared?? IT IS in the midst of .. in the presence of.. in eye sight of.. in the same locality as.. in the same room as my enemies... IN the midst of that which was sent to destroy you IS WHERE YOU WILL FIND THAT TABLE of the LORD.... HE IS IN THE MIDST Of the fire.. HE WAS IN THE CENTER OF the EARTH for he descended into HELL to rescue the captives.. HE WILL FEED YOU, ANOINT you, and cause your cup to run over in the presence of your enemies... FEAR NOT those who gather against you, for there are more with you than are with them..
SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE....
GOODNESS AND MERCY will follow after you... IN your wake, goodness and mercy will be found.. To those who follow after, they will walk into this wake of the GOODNESS OF GOD flowing out after you.. ALL THINGS work together for the GOOD of them who love GOD and are called according to His purpose.
AND I SHALL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER...
But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)
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I feel I HAVE TO comment on this article......... It is so uplifting, so hopeful, so REAL! Thank you for taking the time to reflect on Psalm 23.and for sharing it with us. Sincerely Veronica
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