Lately, I have been going through the book of Psalms and it has been amazing!  To see God's great love for His people has been so encouraging to me.  I have been blown away from what I have been reading.  

I recently came to Psalm 23, a passage most of us are very familiar with.  This time, with the help of the Holy Spirit this familiar passage had new meaning.  The first verse, a verse I've quoted many, many times says, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want."   I receive that!  I serve the good shepherd, one who takes care of His sheep.  John 10:10 says, "The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly."  

So many times we point to Jesus in times of disaster or hardship with the question "How could our good shepherd do this?"  He didn't, it's time we start pointing the blame in the right direction.  If anything is stolen, killed, or destroyed it is not the good shepherd.  He promised to give life and life abundantly!  He said through David that we shall not be in want, we serve the God who satisfies.  As you read on in Psalms 23 it talks about how He prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies, it talks about how even though you may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death you will fear no evil!  His rod and His staff will comfort you.  Satan may try and come in to steal, kill, and destroy, but remember that your God is with you.  He is preparing a table for you in the midst of it all.  Jesus has conquered all for us, lets claim those promises today!

I want to challenge you to read over Psalm 23 after asking the Holy Spirit to renew your mind through His word.  I guarantee it will come alive to you.  Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;  it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."

Psalm 23 
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me 
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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