The 23rd Psalm, a Reflection

The Lord is my Shepherd pic with sheep

Last Sunday (June12), we began a new worship series called “My Favorite Scripture.”  We are asking everyone to submit their favorite scripture passage, and then Jaime and I will preach on those passages through the summer.

Fittingly enough, we began with the 23rd Psalm, one of the most beloved passages in all of the Bible.  The 23rd Psalm is much loved, we believe, not only because it is beautiful poetry, but also because it affirms God’s provision, companionship, and help throughout all of life.

As a part of the message, we shared the following reflection on the 23rd that someone brought to our small group Bible study on the Psalms.  Here it is:

The Lord is my Shepherd

          That’s RELATIONSHIP!

I shall not want 23rd Psalm- God's promises

          That’s SUPPLY!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures
          That’s REST!

He leadeth me beside still waters
          That’s REFRESHMENT!

He restoreth my soul

          That’s HEALING!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
          That’s GUIDANCE!

For His name sake

          That’s PURPOSE!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil

          That’s PROTECTION!

For thou art with me — 

           That’s FAITHFULNESS!

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me

           That’s COMFORT!

Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of mine enemies

            That’s HOPE!

Thou anointest my head with oil

            That’s CONSECRATION!

My cup runneth over

            That’s ABUNDANCE!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life 

            That’s BLESSING!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

            That’s SECURITY!

Forever —

             That’s ETERNITY!                                      —Author unknown 

 

We invite you to consider:

  • How have you experienced God’s help and provision in your life?
  • Where do you go to find rest and renewal?
  • How does God restore your soul?
  • How have you felt God’s healing touch and mercy at work on your life?

Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know!  Also, it’s not too late to give us your favorite scripture passage!  We still have a couple of Sundays open in August to conclude our series.

Journeying Together,

Pastors Jim and Jaime

 

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